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So, there's a reason our white coats have all these pockets. A tip that a friend who did well during MS3 gave me was that having the right thing at the right time is key to making a good impression. Having very little clinical experience myself, maybe we can all contribute to this list, which could be specific to each service.
 

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Outer left hip:
Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2007
Gray Matter (guide from my school)
Surgical Intern Pocket Survival Guide
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2005
Maxwell Quick Medical Reference
Spanish-English Dictionary
Penlights
Inner left hip:
2 rolls bandage tape
Alcohol wipes
Outer right hip:
Trauma shears
Note cards
Order sheets
Progress notes, other various papers
Inner right hip:
Coin purse
Clinical Skills Tracking log
Breast pocket:
2-4 pens
Breath strips
Rolaids chewables
Chapstick
Student ID
Front of coat, through button hole:
Purell on a chain-thingie
On scrub waist band:
Stethoscope
Pager

I'm currently on a surgery rotation at a large county hospital. I realize I could use my PDA for most of the objects in the left hip pocket, but I'm afraid to bring it with me as there's nowhere to lock my possessions while I'm in the OR.
 

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Medicine: reflex hammer, tuning fork, tape measure, pocket medicine, Sharpie pen

Surgery: tape, 4x4's, bandage scissors, those iodine/vaseline gauze pads

Neurology: nothing (neurologists carry their own toolbags)

Pediatrics: tape measure, sharpie, oto/ophthalmoscope

Psychiatry: reflex hammer (the residents may not have their own)

All rotations: stethoscope, Maxwell guide, Tarascon, Sanford guide, alcohol preps, penlight, cheap drug company pens to loan

I travel pretty light, but I don't mind carrying stuff that nobody else is likely to have with them.
 

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Instead of trying to carry a million pounds of Kerlix, ABD's, and 4x4's in my pockets, we put together a "borrowed" emesis basin full of the necessaries and carry that around when we have to do dressing changes. We generally don't have to do them on rounds with my particular residents, which is nice.
 

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enanareina said:
Instead of trying to carry a million pounds of Kerlix, ABD's, and 4x4's in my pockets, we put together a "borrowed" emesis basin full of the necessaries and carry that around when we have to do dressing changes. We generally don't have to do them on rounds with my particular residents, which is nice.
That's a great idea. Kerlix and ABDs are too bulky for pockets.
 

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Samoa said:
That's a great idea...
That's why we're in medical school and not law school.
 

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I make sure that I have enough money for that occasional Starbucks run in my pocket! ;) I also like to carry around a copy of my school's preferred template for writing H and P's and progress notes on various rotations.
 

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enanareina said:
That's why we're in medical school and not law school.
heh heh, if this were law school, somebody would just take all the supplies and hide them somewhere for their own use. :laugh:
 

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Medical123 said:
I make sure that I have enough money for that occasional Starbucks run in my pocket! ;) I also like to carry around a copy of my school's preferred template for writing H and P's and progress notes on various rotations.
Hah. I was sent on my first Starbucks run on call this week. I was laughing to myself on the way there, but maybe it won't be so amusing as the year goes on. Hey, can't hurt to be the deliverer of treats to the team - as long as I don't pay :)
 

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enanareina said:
Outer left hip:
Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2007
Gray Matter (guide from my school)
Surgical Intern Pocket Survival Guide
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2005
Maxwell Quick Medical Reference
Spanish-English Dictionary
Penlights
Inner left hip:
2 rolls bandage tape
Alcohol wipes
Outer right hip:
Trauma shears
Note cards
Order sheets
Progress notes, other various papers
Inner right hip:
Coin purse
Clinical Skills Tracking log
Breast pocket:
2-4 pens
Breath strips
Rolaids chewables
Chapstick
Student ID
Front of coat, through button hole:
Purell on a chain-thingie
On scrub waist band:
Stethoscope
Pager

I'm currently on a surgery rotation at a large county hospital. I realize I could use my PDA for most of the objects in the left hip pocket, but I'm afraid to bring it with me as there's nowhere to lock my possessions while I'm in the OR.

Do you have neck/shoulder/back problems?

If not, you probably will. That's a lot of stuff...
 

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you must have big pockets:)
my pockets are teeny:(
boo.
(how do you but your stethocope on your scrubs waistband?)

on neuro i carried EVERYTHING - it was so annoying.
and on surgery i carried NOTHING - it was great:)

ok, well not really nothing, but just pens/highlighter (i love highlighters), my papers with notes about patients, trauma sheers, and, sadly, a stethoscope:( (once i got the op note down, i ditched the maxwells... and i haven't really seen it since...)

oh! and dont forget to have a pen in your scrub top pocket!! since you obviously wont have your white coat on in the OR +/- PACU.

and yeah, candy/gum are ALWAYS appreciated:)
my residents loved me because i share:) (i learned that in kindergarten, not med1/2 nor in First Aid for Wards :p )

people really seem to like it when you have a penlight.
and always have some cash/credit cards on you cause you never know when you're going to be passing by foodages and your residents will be like, hey let's grab something. and you wont be able to run back to your bag to get your wallet.

but really there's no set list of things you need to carry as a med3 to get you a good grade. just make sure you have what YOU need for your rotation.


g'luck!


enanareina said:
Outer left hip:
Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy 2007
Gray Matter (guide from my school)
Surgical Intern Pocket Survival Guide
Tarascon Pocket Pharmacopoeia 2005
Maxwell Quick Medical Reference
Spanish-English Dictionary
Penlights
Inner left hip:
2 rolls bandage tape
Alcohol wipes
Outer right hip:
Trauma shears
Note cards
Order sheets
Progress notes, other various papers
Inner right hip:
Coin purse
Clinical Skills Tracking log
Breast pocket:
2-4 pens
Breath strips
Rolaids chewables
Chapstick
Student ID
Front of coat, through button hole:
Purell on a chain-thingie
On scrub waist band:
Stethoscope
Pager

I'm currently on a surgery rotation at a large county hospital. I realize I could use my PDA for most of the objects in the left hip pocket, but I'm afraid to bring it with me as there's nowhere to lock my possessions while I'm in the OR.
 

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Hi there,
All I carried was penlight, black ballpoint pen, Maxwell, Pocket Pharmacopea, tape and scissors. The rest of the stuff is overkill.

njbmd :)
 

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For surgery/subspecialty rotations, if you do working rounds, my chief taught me to carry a goody bag--just a cheap duffel/shoulder bag with commonly used supplies:

Tape (residents have preferences about what kind)
Scissors
Steri strips
Benzoin
Gauze, both plain and vaseline
Suture removal kits
Tegaderms of several sizes

So you could just grab it before rounds rather than trying to stuff your pockets and give yourself some serious neck strain.

Everything else everyone already said.
 

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Medicine rotation: (that's all I do)

To pass
Extra pen, Sanford, pharmacopia, some pocket book (ferri, Washington manual, pocket Harrisons, whatever) OR your PDA/palm thingee; enough money for lunch

For higher grades:
refex hammer, guiac and developer

Useful to keep in your call room:

opthalmascope, tuning fork, monofilament (very resident and attending dependent if this helps or not), textbook, extra clothes (for call days only)

Hope this helps. No idea for the other rotations - that was too long ago.
 

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Psychiatry:

Pocket DSM-IV (very useful)
Psychopharm pocketbook (or Palm)
Penlight
Stethoscope (you'd be surprised how many psych inpatients have comorbid physical problems)
Easily accessible key chain to securely hold ward keys (in locked psych units)
Restraints (jk)
Patience (lots of it)
Good listening skills
Lots and lots of empathy

But, my attending said, "don't even bring your white coat, just your head."