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:
- Snack bars: my favorites are RX Bar and RiseBars
- 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.
- Phone charger
- Ear phones
- Ear plugs
- Hand sanitizer
- Meds: Zicam/Emergen-C, non-drowsy allergy medication, Tums
- Toiletries: toothbrush, travel size lotion, toothpaste, floss, any other essentials
- Extra pair of socks
- 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)
- Hair ties (for those with long hair)
- Extra cash
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:
- 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
- Zollinger's Surgical Atlas of Anatomy
-So helpful for transferring anatomical and medical knowledge into the O.R.
- ABSITE Review Book by Fiser
- ABSITE Review: Practice questions by Fiser
- TrueLearn ABSITE Qbank
- S.C.O.R.E. curriculum
- 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.
- Leather mini moleskin journals
-For case records and learning along the way
- 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?