Sunday, June 16, 2019

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One of the things my fellow med student and I talked about most before starting clinicals was exactly what were the things we needed to bring to our rotations to be ready and prepared. We give each other tips and pointers as well when one of us finds a really nice item. Over time, I've boiled down my everyday carry to the essentials, and I thought I'd share it with you. So here are the five essentials for success during clinical rotations:
1. White Coat 

Lab Coat

This one seems obvious. You'll need a short white coat for clinicals. Some of you might already have one given by your med school, but others may need to buy one, or want to upgrade the one you've got. Personally I prefer the Barco grey's anatomy line lab coat. It fits well, looks good, and has great functional pockets.
Barco also has a really sleek looking version for the ladies as well.

2. Stethoscope


The best advice I ever got from an attending about which stethoscope is best was "whichever one you can carry around and don't mind losing". To that end, the Littmann lightweight stethoscope is easy to carry around and perfectly serviceable for all but the most intensive cardiology-bound among us.

3. Folding Clipboard

Folding Clipboard

You'll be carrying around a variety of documents throughout the day, and a fold-able keyboard really helps to keep everything together, and of course serves as a portable writing surface. This vertical folding clipboard also comes with a bunch of really useful common lab values and other info that I've found really handy.

4. Smartphone


You've probably already got a smartphone. So this is more a stand in for what you really need to do, which is download apps to help you study, quickly reference, and develop differentials for patients. Here are some of the more useful ones I've turned to 
-Pocket Medicine

Protip-you'll need lots of pens (mainly because the residents and attending will be permanently borrowing your pens pretty frequently). and you'll also be using a flashlight for your physical exams. SO why not combine both! These flashlight pens have been super useful for me and I think you;ll like them as well.


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