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The Intern Survival Kit

The Intern Survival Kit

I know, I know - the Match day magic has barely worn off and I'm posting about intern year already?! Well, planning is definitely my forte, since it's how I am then able to turn around and relax/really enjoy being in the present. And when thinking about my necessities kit for when I'm on-call at the hospital or just in my locker on stand-by, I thought it would make for a cool intern-survival-kit gift:

  1. Snack bars: my favorites are RX Bar and RiseBars
  2. Pack of gum/ginger chews: nights and overnight shifts cause increased GERD and possible nausea or stomach upset! Try non-mint flavored gum or ginger to soothe.
  3. Chapstick
  4. Phone charger
  5. Ear phones
  6. Ear plugs
  7. Hand sanitizer
  8. Meds: Zicam/Emergen-C, non-drowsy allergy medication, Tums
  9. Toiletries: toothbrush, travel size lotion, toothpaste, floss, any other essentials
  10. Extra pair of socks
  11. Jacket
  12. First aid: Tylenol, Band aids, Neosporin (you'd think being in a hospital these would be easy to get for yourself, but not so much)
  13. Hair ties (for those with long hair) 
  14. Extra cash
  15. Pens

Tip: for iPhone users who aren't heavy sleepers but don't want to be woken up by every text or call, just specific ones - you can adjust each contact's call settings so even when your phone is on silent, certain calls always come through

I'll be starting in <70 days (!), and I'm sure things may change - but here are the resources I'll be using for intern year:

  1. Schwartz's Principles of Surgery Textbook
    -I've been told to focus on one book per year, for example: Schwartz the first year, Sabiston the second, etc. Each text has a different style and may include more/less information depending on the topic
  2. Zollinger's Surgical Atlas of Anatomy
    -So helpful for transferring anatomical and medical knowledge into the O.R.
  3. ABSITE Review Book by Fiser
  4. ABSITE Review: Practice questions by Fiser
  5. TrueLearn ABSITE Qbank 
  6. S.C.O.R.E. curriculum
  7. Leatherman Raptor Shears
    -Stainless steal folding medical shears that have a strap cutter, ring cutter, ruler, oxygen tank wrench, and carbide glass breaker. Not only helpful in trauma calls, but in real life too.
  8. Leather mini moleskin journals
    -For case records and learning along the way
  9. Compression socks
    -Absolute must for long days of standing and running around!

 Lastly, Step3/Level3, I've read that UWorld Qbank is enough. What are your thoughts, and what would you keep in your survival kit?

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