Friday, July 3, 2009

Tip for medical students, interns, and residents

Here's my tip of the day: sew a few pockets inside your white coat. If your white coat already has inside pockets, then you're all set! However, some of you may only have pockets on the outside. If that's the case, then spend some time (or money) to attach pockets to the inside. Why do I think this is useful? If you're a medical student or intern, you'll be carrying around so many papers (and supplies during your surgery rotation) that you won't want everything bulging out on the outside. You can hide some of those items on the inside (and also have better access to urgent items).

Once you're a resident, you may have lighter pockets, but here's where you can also have the chance to carry some items that may be life-saving. When's the last time you carried a Sengstaken-Blakemore tube during your GI/Hepatology rotation? These things can be life-saving (and you won't have time to wait for one if you really need it).

1 comment:

  1. not a bad idea at all. i really miss the extra inside pockets that were on my student white coat.

    unfortunately, my residency provided us with coats that don't have inside pockets. and i can't sew them on because they are generic coats that we switch out when they need laundered. the upside is of course that we can always have clean coats to prevent the spread of infection.