About Me

Hey, I'm Ali Abdaal. I'm an ex-doctor turned YouTuber, Podcaster, entrepreneur, and author (and I dabble with the occasional investment too).

Who Am I

Hey friends. I’m Ali Abdaal. A former doctor turned YouTuber, entrepreneur, podcaster and soon-to-be author. I’ve been creating YouTube videos for over 7 years and have amassed a following of over 4 million on my main channel.

This page is a little self indulgent, it’s all about me. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting though 🙂.

Quick Facts About Me

  1. I studied medicine for 6 years at Cambridge University, graduating in 2018.
  2. I spent 2 years working as a Junior Doctor in the UKs National Health Service.
  3. I started my YouTube channel in 2017.
  4. My first videos were about medicine and studying. Now I make content about productivity, books, tech, and evidence-based strategies and tools to help us be more productive and build a life we love.
  5. I’m 29 years old. Born in May, 1994 in Pakistan. I now live in London.

My Journey From Student to Creator

My YouTube journey started back in 2017 when I was still a student at Cambridge University. I was studying to become a doctor (the dream was to specialise in plastic surgery). Back then, I started creating videos to help other people with studying and passing exams. This is when I started my first business with my brother, 6Med. We created a platform to help people pass the entrance exams and get into medicine.

Fast forward a few years and the videos I was creating started to be geared more towards productivity and passing on the knowledge that got me through medical school. I’d spend every spare minute I had planning the next video, writing scripts or researching ideas.

By 2020 I’d hired a small team to help me run the channel. With their help, I was bashing out a couple of videos a week whilst working as a junior doctor. That’s when the idea of our Part Time YouTuber Academy came to me. I figured all the knowledge I’d gained on this journey would be helpful to at least 10 people, so we launched Cohort 1 of PTYA in November of 2020. Over 350 people joined lol.

1994 - 2012

I was born in Pakistan in 1994, moving to Lesotho for a while, before going back to Pakistan. Then ultimately moving to the United Kingdom with my mother and brother in 2003.

At 12, I learned to code and started earning money as a freelance web designer (this funded my World of Warcraft addiction) - this was my first taste of earning money online. I went to school in Southend-on-Sea, where I also worked as a teaching assistant for a couple of years.

2012 - 2018

After finishing school, I joined the University of Cambridge to study for a Bachelor degree in preclinical medicine and psychology. I started 6med with my brother in 2013. I completed my Bachelors in 2015 and went on to study MBBS at Cambridge, starting this website in 2016, my YouTube channel in 2017 and graduating from Cambridge University in 2018.

2018 - 2020

After graduating from Cambridge, I went to work as a Junior Doctor in the UKs National Health Service, I had high hopes of specialising in plastic surgery at the time. 2018 is also when I had my first ‘viral’ success with video about studying for exams.

I hit 100,000 subscribers on YouTube in 2018, and 1 million subscribers in September 2020 and started publishing courses online to pass on some of the stuff I’d learned.

2020 - 2023

So much has happened in this period. We launched the first cohort of our Part Time Youtuber Academy (we’ve since done another 7), I hired a team to help run the channel, which just exploded (2 million subs in July 2021, 3 million in June 2022, and 4 million in April 2023).

I also left my Cambridge flat and moved to London, started the Deep Dive podcast, hired an even bigger team to help manage the business, and I started taking this YouTube as a business stuff seriously, leaving medicine for good and going all in on the creative lifestyle.

In the media

I've been featured in a few places... here are my favourites