Hey guys! This post is about what is the bag I take with me to medical school. I thought this would be fun way to give those of you approaching your time on the wards, or in medical school, some advice on what to bring!
- Notepad! I often have a variety of sizes with me; an A4/5 for making notes in lectures or any free time, and an a6 notepad, that can fit in my pocket or a small bag, for jotting down interesting points while actually on the wards.
- Hand-in-hand with above: pens! This seems pretty obvious, but I would advise you to also invest in a pen torch. Finding one of these is normally impossible, and interrupting an examination to go and get one is never fun!
- Lanyards are great for ensuring that you don’t lose your ID, and also for notifying everyone on the ward of who you are. These are especially useful when you’re a student, as you can avoid the awkward moments when people assume you’re a fully qualified doctor!
- I often carry a diary with me, simply because, when you are assigned a bunch of clinics over a week, remembering where and when you should be can be pretty impossible. Mine also has credit card slots, meaning I’m always prepared if I have 5 minutes spare for a coffee break.
- Also, don’t forget your stethoscope…I think it’s pretty obvious why you’ll need that.
- Water bottle and a snack: if you’re on a surgical placement, there may be days when you simply don’t have time to get lunch, these will help tide you over until you eventually get some time off.
- For girls especially: a mini/cross-body bag! For some reason, women’s clothing rarely comes with practical additions like pockets. Having a small bag to stick a notepad, snack bar, and some pens can make up for this; the last thing you want is to be stuck with a giant handbag, or juggling loads of loose items while trying to attend to a patient.
- Laptop/textbook: there are times when you may be left with nothing to do, maybe due to a cancelled clinic, or a break between surgeries. Having something productive to do while you wait is good idea; I like to do practice exam questions, or read over some notes, when there is a particularly large gap in my day.
- Finally -drum roll- a giant bag to fit everything in to! I cycle to and from the hospital, so find a backpack is the best option for me.
So there you have it! (Almost) everything you will need to lug to and from the hospital, as a medical student.
Let me know if there’s something you think I’ve missed, or that you like to bring by commenting below!