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Favorite Snacks while on call..

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by rs2006, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. rs2006

    rs2006 student 7+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2005
    so what do ya like to munch on when you are on call?...
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  3. saanjana

    saanjana 7+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    caffeine....any shape, size, or form :D
  4. Top Gun

    Top Gun 7+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    I'm thinking cookies, particularly the Pepperidge Farm Chocolate Chunk kind.
  5. IndyXRT

    IndyXRT 10+ Year Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    1. Anything free
    2. Anything the change in my pocket can buy in the vending machine
  6. RTrain

    RTrain National Merit Finalist 2+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2007
    Pudding and ginger ale from the "patient nourishment" fridge. :thumbup:
  7. Strength&Speed

    Strength&Speed Need more speed...... 10+ Year Member

    Dec 26, 2004
    I like to keep a cold 6 pack of Natural Ice in the fridge.
  8. KidDr

    KidDr Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    someplace warm
    one hospital I rotated at as a resident sold these amazing rice krispy bars with M&Ms in them....mmmm they tasted good at 3 am

    i also liked hot tea (most hospitals are freezing), apples with peanut butter, and string cheese
  9. colbgw02

    colbgw02 Delightfully Tacky 10+ Year Member

    The second half of the Subway or Quizno's footlong that's left over from the previous day.

    Oh, that and med students. students.
  10. Robz

    Robz La Vie Boheme 7+ Year Member

    Aug 3, 2003
    Drinking Texas Tea
    mmmmmmm diet mountain caffeine goodness
  11. Brunette1981

    Brunette1981 7+ Year Member

    Jan 30, 2007
    East Coast
    Homemade trail mix: almonds, dried cherries, bittersweet chocolate chips
  12. angel80

    angel80 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    We like to do "ice cream rounds" at my hospital. The cafeteria has a nice sundae bar.
  13. buckley

    buckley 7+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Anything pasta...yes, it's a "snack" when I am on call.
    For serious, no time to chew moments, a twix bar or kitkat does wonders to my blood sugar
  14. Cold leftover pasta? Pasta salad? Or microwaved hot pasta with sauce?

    (Pasta is my favorite food! :thumbup: )
  15. Smurfette

    Smurfette Antagonized by Azrael Administrator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Hmm... depends on which hospital I'm at.

    Either diet soda and some vending machine fare (usually M&Ms or pretzels) which depends on what they stocked it with (county hospital...never know what you're gonna get)

    cookie/brownie and diet soda from the 24 hr "cafe" OR ice cream from the patient food stock at the academic center
  16. Top Gun

    Top Gun 7+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    Cheetos from the vending machine.
  17. BabyPsychDoc

    BabyPsychDoc 2+ Year Member

    1) Coffee
    2) Tea
    3) Coffee
    4) Sugar
    5) Chocolate
    6) More of any of the above prn
  18. buckley

    buckley 7+ Year Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    I can deal with the leftover pasta--sometimes I cook a batch and eat it for a week. Not a big fan of cold though...and no, not microwaved sauces. Nothing like the smell of tomatoes, olives, onions and garlic...And it really gets me through the day. I know in biochemistry, it's supposed to make you feel lethargic with all that carbs in, but--I don't know--a good pasta is a great pick-upper for me! Maybe that's because I'm a noncoffee person. Haha! When packing pasta, I learned the secret is to separatethe noodles from the sauce
  19. orientedtoself

    orientedtoself resident 5+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2005
    pop tarts from the vending machine. 400 calories for only $1.25!
  20. saanjana

    saanjana 7+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    mmm...nice....i always wondered why hospitals are so cold :(
  21. Blue Dog

    Blue Dog Fides et ratio. Physician Gold Donor SDN Advisor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Free coffee is always good.

    When I was on call as a resident, I frequently made a fresh pot of coffee in every nurses' station that I had to round on. Even if I didn't drink it, it scored points with the nurses...which often meant fewer pages later that night. ;)
  22. Medikit

    Medikit Plastic Bag Middle Class Physician 10+ Year Member

    May 21, 2004
    Graham crackers from the nutrition room.
  23. Green912

    Green912 10+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2001
  24. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    ...on a rough night, generally my fingernails.

    ...on better nights, chocolate pudding or the graham crackers from the patient nourishment refrigerators.

    ...on best nights, when I had time, the cafeteria was open, so whatever I could find there, hopefully it was the mint chocolate chip Edy's ice cream on tap.:)
  25. DrDawg

    DrDawg Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 27, 2005
    Two questions, Where are you? And, do they need surgery residents?
  26. BabyPsychDoc

    BabyPsychDoc 2+ Year Member

    I have a serious question (well, kind of;)).

    Quite a few people managed helping themselves from the patient nourishment fridges. It sounds like it is quite a common thing to do for a resident in the US. Aren't you subject to some sort of disciplinary action if you are caught doing it? how do the nurses react when they see you do it?

    I help myself to patients' bread sometimes, but I never tried anything from the patients' fridge (trust me, there were times when the temptation was certainly there!). It is just even when I get a couple of digestives and a cup of coffee from the patients' trolley, some nurses look at you as if you were a baby killer or something. Of course, other nurses could even get a hot meal for you from the patients' trolley:). So, on the balance, I just try to avoid using anything intended for patients unless offered by nurses.
  27. 4424

    4424 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    crackers and peanut butter were my mainstays not only when on call but to get through rounds
  28. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2000
    hSDN Member
    Depends on the nurse and you.

    I've been told off before and ignored at other times.

    Most of the times I try not to be obvious about it so its probably not noticed.
  29. dpmd

    dpmd Relaxing Physician 10+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2006
    At my hospital we have an unlimited food allowance. I figure since the stuff in the nourishment rooms come from the same cafeteria where I am allowed to get as much stuff as I want, I can go ahead and grab what I need. It is their fault for not being open late enough, right? Actually, I don't typically eat on call between dinner and breakfast, but I do make sure to stock up on drinks. I only have to steal food from the floors if I miss dinner (they are serious about closing at 1830, come 1 second late and you are apt to find everything locked up). Most of the cafeteria staff is pretty nice to us and if they have anything not locked up they won't say anything if we take it (they figure we will either "pay" for it later by having them ring up extra stuff on our cards next time, or they just don't care).

    When I do need a snack, I like the Kashi bars they have, or a bag of chips.
  30. roja

    roja 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    NYC--->San Francisco
    coffee. lots and lots of coffee
  31. fakin' the funk

    fakin' the funk ASA Member 10+ Year Member

    Aug 23, 2004
    Snob. My 40s of Iceman aren't good enough for ya?
  32. fuzzyerin

    fuzzyerin Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    Totally, 100%, absolutely agree...

    I have spent many a 24 hour call eating multiple packages of graham crackers and peanut butter.
  33. ekydrd

    ekydrd Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 14, 2004
    Louisville KY
    Yeah! I lost count of how many call nights were fueled by grams n 'butter.
  34. I lived off those for many a night. :)
  35. DrDre311

    DrDre311 Makaveli 2+ Year Member

    Apr 14, 2008
    Ah, the old staple of the surgery lounge...
  36. DreamLover

    DreamLover Bored Certified Physician 10+ Year Member

    That may be the truest and funniest statement I've read on here in a while!

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