Everyday Carry: Med School Edition
-Whitecoat Clipboard Silver
-Mass. General Pocket Medicine 5th ed. By Marc Sabatine M.D.
-Littman Classic II SE Stethoscope
-Cherokee Surgical Green Scrubs
-Master the Wards: Internal Med by Conrad Fisher M.D.
-Red Kap Medical Student White Coat
-Luminox 0215.SL Sentry watch
-Curad 3G Vinyl gloves
-3M 1” Surgical Tape
-BD Vacutainer Safety-Lok 23G
-Orbit Peppermint Gum
-Cole Haan Slim Card Wallet
-Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
-Papermate Pens: Black, Red, Blue
Wow. I can’t believe this has almost 800 notes. Who would’ve thought the excessive amounts of random crap I keep in my white coat was interesting.
I should’ve done one of these for surgery too, but really the only things that changed were:
1. Way more pairs of gloves—excessive amounts actually—for all the dressing changes, contact with bodily fluids, pre-op blood draws, insertion of catheters and even the occasion manual disimpaction (look that last one up for some fun)
2. Swapping out of Master the Wards. Internal Med for Dr. Pestana’s Surgery Notes (life saver) and whatever case-relevant notes I had printed out from Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery 9th Ed.
3. Claus Titanium Bonded 7” trauma sheers
4. Swapped out to a new bright orange Littman Cardio II stethoscope so that it would be more easily recognizable if I left it somewhere in the hospital. Incidentally this earned me the nickname “Orange Steth” from our PGY5 Chief Surgical Resident who routinely forgot everyone else’s name, even after three months on service.
5. Random sutures to practice throwing 2-handed and 1-handed ties (surgical knots) on my white coat when I actually happened to be wearing it—which was rarely ever unless I was in clinic.
6. A few saline flushes for flushing lines, making wet to dry dressings, or removing difficult dressings.
7. Assorted dressing change items: sterile 4x4’s, ABD’s, Kerlex, Ace bandages, large 1 and 2” cloth tape rolls.
Luckily in Family Practice out-patient clinic right now for 6 weeks and we don’t have to wear white coats just business professional attire and steths/pen light which means I get a break from lugging all this shit around.