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Need a good stethoscope

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by heymisslady, May 23, 2006.

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  1. heymisslady

    heymisslady Member 10+ Year Member

    May 19, 2004
    I will be a MS1 in the fall and I want to purchase a good stethoscope( don't want to spend no more than $250), are there any suggestions?
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  3. Dunce

    Dunce Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 15, 2006
    I suggest cutting your budget in half and searching around for similar threads on this site (they are literally all over the place). Also talk to other students at you school to get their opinions.

    Don't listen to the fools that tell you a cheap $20 stethoscope is good enough to get the job done. I don't see any problem in dropping 100+ on a stethoscope. Get quality and think of it as an investment. Unless you lose crap all the time, you will be using that stethoscope for many years to come.

    Sidenote -- do not get suckered into buying an oto/ophthalmoscope
  4. drguy22

    drguy22 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2004
    littman cario III is a great stethoscope...
  5. cdql

    cdql 7+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2006
    You should check to see which sthethoscope your school recommends. Our school recommends the Littman Cardio 3's as well and offered us a massive discount at the beginning of the year!
  6. Random

    Random 7+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    You may want to wait. My school gave us Harvey Elites but didn't tell us that they were going to do so until July.

    NEATOMD Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    I recommend waiting as well. Alot of school can get you a discount rate on equiptment through special programs.
  8. stoic

    stoic "Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted" Lifetime Donor 10+ Year Member

    Nov 4, 2000
    sodom, south georgia
    the "discount" at my school wasn't as cheap as allheart.com

    it's hard to go wrong with the littman cardiology 3.
  9. EctopicFetus

    EctopicFetus Keeping it funky enough 10+ Year Member

    May 3, 2004
    do we go to the same school? both things were true for me...

    the cardio 3 is where it is at!!
  10. Dunce

    Dunce Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 15, 2006
    same here.

    The school discount from that annoying Welch-Allyn rep was basically equal to www.steeles.com for my stethoscope and BP cuff (I didn't get the oto/ophthalmo set though)

    Nice pic by the way, Stoic. I was just listening to a good Iron&Wine/Calexico show that you would probably enjoy
  11. tiger_lily

    tiger_lily Member 2+ Year Member

    May 17, 2006
    I already have a Littman Classic II S.E. - any thoughts on whether this is good enough? I've only used it for BP's and adventitious chest sounds; I have no idea how it compares for, say, heart sounds.
    Thanks for the advice :) Seriously, the knowledge from those who have "gone ahead" is VERY much appreciated by all of us who are still getting there!
  12. Random

    Random 7+ Year Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    Many of my attendings use the old Classic II and a number of the residents here have the Classic II SE. I have one that I got when I was a med tech during college and I've used it during some physical exams. Bottom line is that it's good enough, just not the best in the world. Regardless of what scope you decide to use, just be sure you're comfortable using it.
  13. the negative 1

    the negative 1 Ain't got time to bleed 10+ Year Member

    Aug 14, 2004
    Charm City
    I used the Littman Classic II when I was working as an EMT. It did the job, even when all the road noise sometimes made taking bp's a bit of a challenge.

    But one of the paramedics I occasionally worked with had the cardio 3 and boy was that thing sweet. I always bugged her to let me use it.

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