Happy Wednesday friends! Today officially marks the halfway point for my internal medicine rotation and I can’t believe how quickly it’s going! I absolutely LOVE hospital medicine and could see myself doing this as a career in the future. I feel like I have learned so much in these last 2.5 weeks and look forward to see how much more I can cram into my head. Many of you have been asking what I have had in my white coat pockets for this rotation. I have found what works best for me and am ready to share with you too!
What’s in my White Coat?
1. White Coat Clipboard – I actually hand carry this clipboard with me everywhere on rotation. I love that I can fold up my papers to help keep patient information private. I also find having a clipboard on rounds to be vital. I try to make notes on each patient as we round so I can help complete my team’s “to do” list before sign out. The fact that there is handy information on it too is awesome. You can find them HERE.
2. My pager – I am assigned a hospital pager for codes. I clip it on the outside of my pocket.
3. Flashlight and Penlight – I like the mini flashlight when I need a bigger light than my pen light provides like when I am checking for JVD. My penlight is a no-brainer since I check pupils on everyone.
4. Pocket Medicine – I use and abuse this book multiple times a day. Whether it is to look up something specific for a patient or to use at reference during lunch conferences I have found it to be worth its weight in gold. Everyone on my team has it and honestly it seems like every other team has it too.
5. A Notebook – I am using my notebook less and less because I have lined paper in my clipboard but I always have a notebook. At home I have a ‘Pearls Book” where I write down my random learning points into so I don’t lose them over the rotation.
6. Maxwell – The Maxwell is another valuable tool for normal lab values, guidelines for notes, and review of systems questions. I have pulled it out a handful of times to test visual acuity as well.
7. Pens – I somehow have survived 2.5 weeks with the same pens and I find that to be a miracle. I also have a highlighter so I can highlight key things in my Pocket Medicine book or on my patient census form.
8. A Reflex Hammer – I wasn’t carrying this in the beginning and I regret it. Yes you can use your stethoscope but my team has asked for a hammer on several occasions so I am carrying it now.
Things Not Pictured:
- My cell phone
I organize things pretty well and I actually feel like I have less in my pockets than most people. My top pocket is pretty much decoration only and holds just chapstick. Then I carry a water bottle on an outside pocket. In the other outside pocket I have my books, cell phone, pens, flashlight, and hammer. My pager is attached on the outside. My inside pocket has some cash.
There you have it! I am sure my pockets will change with each rotation and I plan on sharing those changes with you along the way 🙂