In celebration of the completion of my last night of call until the start of my intern year (July 2012), I present to you:
MY WHITE COAT IS HEAVY
From the top left:
Laminated cards with pediatric developmental milestones (from my last rotation)
White coat clipboard with schedule, patient info, notes from lectures, etc. The back of the clipboard has helpful normal lab values and such.
Beeper (since it’s the end of the year and we all dread hearing our beepers go off, we have all taken to yelling “not it!” when someone’s beeper goes off in the lounge)
A set of trauma paperwork, because when a trauma code gets called, there’s usually not time to go get the paperwork. Always be prepared.
3 strings of sutures tied in knots (formerly tied around my button holes on the coat)
2 packs of sutures, for more knot tying practice.
Name badge, substance abuse counseling card, LifeLink organ donation reminder card on handy-dandy pull cord
Pediatric drug dosage card
Maxwell— wonderful compact little book with lab values, examples of different types of progress notes, ACLS algorithms, etc.
Oily face thingies… because 30 hours is a long time to go without washing your face.
Card with beeper numbers for all the surgery residents
Lil bucket of peanut butter, because we steal food from the doctors’ lounge whenever we’re in there, regardless of if we need it.
Lemon juice and Splenda packets, because tea time is important. Usually I have one or two tea bags in my pocket too so I’m prepared.
Alcohol wipes to clean my stethoscope.
Business card from one of the family med guys, reminding me to e-mail him some paperwork.
Pin for my lapel
2 monofilaments to test diabetic feet. Don’t ask me why I have 2. I used to have 3.
A book of some sort. It changes daily. This and the clip board are what really weigh me down.
Quality clicky pens.
$1.11 in change
small stack of ones for vending machines
paperclip, because my attending told us we all needed a paperclip in our pockets just in case we need to mark something on x-ray.
eye drops, so I don’t look like a pot head at the end of those 30 hour shifts.
**Missing from shot: pack of crackers or granola bar (just ate my last bar), stethoscope (because it’s usually around my neck and not in the coat pockets)
What’s in your pockets?