You are both correct. At the beginning of medical school you get a short white coat (the imitation), and at the beginning of residency you get a long white coat (the real deal).
Hug it out.
Ooh, excellent question! I haven’t done a That Girly Stuff in quite some time!
So here we go:
That Girly Stuff: Purse-less edition.
At the hospital where I did my 3rd and 4th year rotations, students had lockers in our hospital student lounge. I kept a bunch of stuff in there (granola bars, gum, blanket, extra socks, lotion, ponytail holders, pens, miscellaneous lecture printouts, etc). If you don’t have a locker, you can still fill a “call bag” or something to take with you to the hospital.
But pretty much everything I thought I’d need on short notice, I carried in my white coat pockets (you can see an example here). You’d be surprised how much stuff you can fit in 5 pockets.
But since the white coat pockets are never really large enough, and carrying a purse isn’t practical (or allowed, oftentimes), we need to come up with some other solutions.
1. Bring back the fanny pack. Preferable gold lame’.
2. The briefcase, as you suggested.
3. Rolling backpack in the shape of your favorite zoo animal.
4. Fly fishing vest under the white coat.
5. A golden retriever with awesome doggy backpacks.
6. There’s always the classic doctor bag.
7. Hide your crap like Easter Eggs in strategic spots all over the hospital.
8. Pack mule.
9. Cargo pants: built for carrying cargo.
10. Caboodles. You loved them when you were 5; you’ll probably love them at 25.
11. Radio Flyer wagon.
12. And then there’s this gem: