Wayfaring MD

I am a family medicine resident who likes to highlight the hilarious in medicine as I write about patients, medical school, residency, medical missions, and whatever else strikes my fancy.

HIPAA is for reals, folks. All of my "patient stories" have been changed to protect patient privacy. I will change any or all identifiers, including age, location, race/ethnicity, sex, medical history, and quotes. Also, I am an anonymous internet person. Why should you trust an anonymous internet person to give you medical advice? Don't ask me, ask your doctor!
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  • your neighbors all saw you prancing and twirling around your house in a long white coat, calling out all your high school haters on the evening of June 30 (ok, early evening, because lezbehonest, you woke up at 4am on July 1 to be sure you weren’t late)
  • you were super excited about dictating until the moment you dialed the dictation line, at which point image
  • your patients always conveniently refuse a hemoccult on admission
  • you spend most of your free time trying to figure out which character from Scrubs your nurses, fellow residents, and attendings correspond to.
  • you have suddenly become acutely aware of how very little medical knowledge you actually have

  • your instagram is full of pictures of your new badge, your new white coat, and your new parking lot decal 
  • speaking of that white coat, your white coat is still white. 
  • you had to practice saying “Hi, I’m Doctor ____” in the mirror, and it still feels weird.
  • you are shocked to find that a medical license is actually cheaper and less official looking than a driver’s license.
  • you make everything, from writing a prescription to putting in hospital orders to calling other doctors’ offices extremely complicated.
  • you switched from contacts to glasses on the first week to make yourself look smarter…
A friend of mine are having a debate and think you would be the best person to answer. It's about ~le white coat. I thought you got your white coat when you GRADUATED medical school but a friend of mine seems to think that you get it WHEN YOU START medical school. Please tell me that I'm right. If I'm not, I will never live this day down (especially since they are a music major and i'm the pre med one) (i think i'm wrong now) (omg I'm wrong aren't I)
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

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. 

Hey fellow 2012 med school grad! So as a fellow woman in the field, I was wondering how you deal with the lack of pocket space/no purses in the hospital. I feel like i want to bring back the days of the brief case haha! Congrats!
wayfaringmd wayfaringmd Said:

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.

3 snaps in z formation

11. Radio Flyer wagon. 

12. And then there’s this gem: