I’ve entered my third year of wearing white coats. You read that right – I have two white coats: one to wear while I wash, starch, and press the other. Since receiving my first white coat in the summer of 2012, I’ve grown more familiar with its wearing and ways. I’ve known a long time about the importance of keeping my white coat clean and proud-looking. I quickly learned about the expectations patients have of people in white coats. This year, I’ve grown more practical awareness and appreciation for my white coat: it holds everything I need. Literally. In its pockets, my white coat holds the difference between my having a great day or a giant struggle of a day.
Not certain if you’ve noticed, but white coats have a lot of pockets. Some older physicians pride themselves in carrying as little as possible. You can usually spot students and newer residents by their overflowing pockets. I know it will change, but I wanted to give you a snapshot of what I carry around every day. In a lull between afternoon procedures (on my 6 week Internal Medicine rotation), I emptied everything from my white coat pockets and photographed the contents.
That’s just to give a general idea of what I drag around the hospital in my white coat pockets daily. Certainly, this list will grow and change as my needs necessitate different tools and as my memory grows to contain more of the material referenced on a daily basis. Below is the list of tools and/or reference material I am still on the lookout for (on sale, or perhaps being discarded by a physician or resident upgrading or spring cleaning out of their own pockets).
In Search Of
I am a nontraditional student from neighboring Pickens County. I fully realized my passion for medicine after graduating from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and exploring other career options. I hope for gracious clarity and surplus autotelic activity. I love tea, cooking, writing, reading, swimming, and hiking. I am not certain what kind of physician I should be, but I look forward to the process of discovery here at USC School of Medicine Greenville.
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