I was shocked today when I realized just how close we are to Christmas! It seems like the past couple of months have flown by. I have been wanting to share some products that I absolutely love for a while and thought this would be a good opportunity. So, if you know a med student and have no clue what to get them for Christmas, here are a few suggestions of my own. (Or if you are a med student, keep reading for recommendations of what to put on your own wish list…or just buy for yourself anyway!)
For the Book Nerd: (which, admit it, all med students are)
When buying for a med student, you can never go wrong with school supplies. While we are always looking for ways to forget we are in school, we are also practical and know we will have to get back to the books eventually. So, why not gift your med student with something they will use constantly? I suggest the two books that every med student should have in their library. First Aid is an absolute must! (You can read my previous post about the different types of First Aid books here.) If you are feeling extra generous, I would suggest all three First Aid books: First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, First Aid for the Basic Sciences: General Principles, and First Aid for the Basic Sciences: Organ Systems. 😉
Another med school staple is a Netter’s Atlas. Not only is it functional, but also the pictures are so very pretty (well, maybe not to everyone, but they definitely appeal to the med student brain).
For the Commuter:
While I do not fall into this category (I actually live within 50 feet of our lecture hall…talk about dedication), I still could not live without this item. Last year, to kick of the start of my med school journey, I bought a new, absolutely adorable, backpack. Unfortunately, within about 3 months, my back was hurting every day. Function eventually won out over style and I broke down and replaced it. I am actually so glad I did! I now have the Women’s Borealis backpack from The North Face and am in LOVE! It fits perfectly, with no strain on my back. It is a bit small and can’t fit a ton of textbooks in it, but I do use it to carry around my rather large, heavy laptop. I have a 15″ Macbook Pro and it fits perfectly in the laptop sleeve built into the backpack. While I don’t have to commute to school, most med school campuses are pretty large and you find yourself walking everywhere. It is definitely worth it to have a supportive, comfortable backpack. And, don’t worry guys, North Face also makes a men’s version of the Borealis backpack.
I probably use my backpack more than anything else I own. “You can tell a lot about a women from the contents of her purse” also translates to “You can tell a lot about a med student from the contents of his/her backpack”!
For the coffee addict: (which what med student isn’t?)
Alright, I have a confession to make…I actually don’t like coffee. Whew, glad to get that off my chest! But that doesn’t mean I can get through the day without some form of caffeine. For me, the stimulant of choice is tea. Hot or cold, black or green, spiced or plain, with sugar and milk or without, it doesn’t matter, I will drink it all. Long days in lecture would not be survivable without some. Since colder weather is upon us, I usually choose a hot, black tea (more caffeine). To keep it hot throughout many hours of lecture, I use the Thermos Sipp Stainless Steel Drink Bottle that I got from Target. This is truly the best travel mug I’ve found. Everything stays piping hot for hours! I’ve even had some still be warm after almost 10 hours! Crazy!!
On the days that I am really craving a Chai Tea Latte, and am too cheap to go to Starbucks (gotta pay those loans back someday), I make my own at home. I use the Tazo Chai concentrate that you can get at the grocery store (and is actually what I’ve seen them use at Starbucks, go figure) and my handy, dandy milk frother. I got the Ikea Produkt Milk Frother for $6 on Amazon. There are other, fancier frothers out there, but I’ve found this one does the trick for me.
And for those last minute stocking stuffers, you can never go wrong with lots of colored pens, markers, and highlighters.
What is one item you can’t live without? What’s on your wish list this year? Let me know by leaving a comment below.
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