Ultimate Guide to Find Perfect Gifts for Medical Residents
Welcome to Your best gift guide to find perfect gifts for medical residents. First of all, to know exactly what to buy for medical residents we need to know a little background about them. If you already know everything about medical residents then you can skip introduction.
On the other hand, if you don’t know who medical residents are and what do they do in hospital then please read our introduction about medical resident life in residency!
Who are medical residents?
Medical residents – workforce of health care system. These are the people who have the hardest time of their life – hard work, sleepless nights, no free time and increased stress environment.
Medical residents are somewhere between student life and adult life. They have finished medical school, they have diploma, they can work in hospitals under supervision, but they are not quite doctors yet. Therefore they are doctors without specialization. To become doctors, medical residents have to finish residency which can vary from 3 to 6 years or in some cases even longer.
During these 3 to 6 years there are lot of things going on. Night shifts, long working hours, first successes, first mistakes, first surgeries and so on. As a result, step by step, residents become more competent in their chosen field and in the final will blossom in to successful doctors.
But is everything so easy and beautiful as it looks?
According to Medscape Residents Lifestyle and Happiness Report 2016 biggest challenges faced in residency are:
- Work-life balance,
- Dealing with time pressure and demands,
- Fear of failure,
- Developing clinical skills
- Dealing with stress.
Also routinely resident work longer work hours than most physicians. It can range anywhere from 60 to 80 hours per week.
You thought bullying is a problem only in elementary school? Well, in medicine you can be bullied too. According to questionnaire 4% of residents stated that bullying happens often and 20% stated that it happens occasionally – in total 24%. So, according to statistics, if You know 4 residents – one of them probably is being bullied.
“Doctors, nurses, secretaries, and pretty much anyone else who works at the hospital thinks they can talk down to residents”, says resident from Medscape questionnaire.
More interesting revelations:
- 43% of residents get depressed always or sometimes,
- 34% residents rarely have time for personal health/wellness,
- 30% rarely have enough time for satisfying social life,
- 21% most of the time are too tired to function well because of long shifts.
Seems like it is little bit depressing…
Now as You know how hard it is to be a resident, hopefully you are getting better understanding on how medical residents feel during their residency.
Because of all that is stated above it’s important to help medical residents get through residency and maybe make them little bit happier at least with a small “thank you” present.
What medical residents do?
Residents are called the workforce of medical system and there is a reason for that. Despite new regulations on working hours residents still tend to work 60-80 hours workweek and these regulations are dissaproved by different specialties and as always there are ongoing discussions about that matter.
Therefore one thing that residents do – work longer hours than any other staff member in the hospital. Consequently medical residents probably will be the most exhausted too.
Specific duties will vary from selected field of residency:
- Surgery residents will perform surgeries
- Radiology residents will report,
- Internal medicine residents will do little bit of everyhing,
- Pediatricians will help small children,
- General practitioners will help everybody and the list can go on.
Medical Gift Guide team have created recommended gifts for each medical specialty. So if you know which specialty medical resident has chosen – You can browse respective page or search for gift ideas in blog posts.
How to find perfect gifts for medical residents?
Here are our top 10 picks on useful gifts for medical residents
10. Kindle Paperwhite
Kindle is an excellent present for anybody who has to read and learn a lot, so it would be perfect gift for a resident too. There are different models of Kindle e-readers. You can see comprehensive comparison here Compare Kindle E-readers. I would go for Kindle Paperwhite and would not suggest to buy the oldest version, because there is a very small difference in price but user experience and readability on Kindle Paperwhite is state-of-the-art: led light, better battery life and overall better user experience.
9. Nespresso Coffee and Espresso Maker
Or as medical residents would say – perfume of noon, afternoon, evening and night. Coffee is tasty. Additionally, it enhances your productivity and improves your mood. What else is necessary for an excellent day? Also it is hard to find medical specialists who are not drinking coffee at all.
Why choose Nespresso? Preparation of Coffee is super simple – add water, insert special Nespresso coffee capsule, press the button and coffee will be ready in a few minutes. Preparation for other coffee machines is harder – you need to buy filters, specific coffee beans, clean it on a regular basis etc. It takes time and what medical residents don’t have? – Exactly, time!
If you don’t like coffee machine and prefer self-made coffee you should check this amazing coffee set – Coffee Lovers Care Package.
Night shifts during residency is a must. There is no chance that medical residents will be able to escape night shifts. The best way to prepare for night shift is to take everything you need. These things can include – clothes, toothbrush, razor (for guys), some snacks and basically everything you need. To do that you will need as we call it “overnight bag”. I would suggest to keep the design simple, formal and choose middle-sized bag. This S-Zone weekend bag is an excellent choice.
7. Oxford Handbook of /insert medical residents specialty here/
In medical field learning never stops. It doesn’t stop in medical residency either. It changes a little bit, you have to start learning more specific things which are related to your specialty. There are plenty of handbooks but the most popular brand is Oxford Handbooks. You can find Oxford Handbook for every specialty, for example, Cardiology, Clinical Surgery, Internal Medicine and many more.
So you need to know specialization and there you go – gift which resident will use almost every day.
“What you wear is how you present yourself to the world!”
There can never be enough scrubs for medical residents. Why? Because scrubs can get dirty, someone could spill coffee on it, not even mentioning some blood stains, other bodily fluids or stains from food. So it’s good to have back-up scrub which will save you from unpleasant moments. Secondly, keep in mind that scrubs should be of high quality. Better quality scrubs will be little more expensive but it’s worth to pay a little bit more for the clothes which will represent you and serve as the first impression to the patients!
Yes, that’s right – good ol’ Amazon gift card!
While this is not the most creative gift, medical resident will definitely use it! Thanks to Amazon Prime service it’s excellent way to get products next day, satisfy Your needs and get what you want!
While they are in residency one of medical residents’ tasks include writing scientific papers, preparing for presentations, learning and keeping in touch with the latest research! To sucessfuly complete all these tasks there are some things you need – laptop, books, notes and a backpack where to put it!
These Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpacks are excellent in design and can hold it all togeather – our top choice to keep thing organized in your backpack and to carry everything you need around!
Proper relaxation is crucial for every human being. If you have night shifts and huge amount of work it is always good to get a proper shoulder rub. Most probably all your colleagues are busy saving lives and nobody can help you so Neck and Shoulder Massager with Heat is here to help you!
Science also backs up this gift because shoulder and neck rub increases blood flow to those specific regions and also increases blood flow to the brain.
If you got this far then you probably know – residents don’t have too much of a free time. Most of the medical residents will bring their lunch from home, but where to store it?
That’s right – in a perfect lunch box!
This lunch box is our favorite as it includes portion control, meal prep containers and also an ice pack!
1. White noise machine for sleep
On those rare occasions when residents are not working in hospital and they are home they finally will have an opportunity to get proper sleep and rest. As a result, one way to make their sleep even better is with a white noise machine for sleep.
This Palermo White Noise Machine is Amazon’s top choice and has great reviews. So there is no chance that this machine wont’t improve sleep!
So these are our top useful gift picks for medical residents. If You have any questions, suggestions or comments – leave a comment below.
Additionally, here are our top, hand picked products for medical residents. To make it easier for you we rank products by 4 criteria – usefulness, funniness, uniqueness and price! Our team hopes this list will be helpful for You!
|Item||Usefulness||Funniness||Uniqueness||Price||Overall Score||Our Comments|
|Item||Usefulness||Funniness||Uniqueness||Price||Overall Score||Our Review|
|SonoSim® Ultrasound Training Solution||Great and fun way to learn Ultrasound!|
|Kindle Paperwhite||Portable, easy to use, useful.|
|Booq Cobra Squeeze Backpacks||All the accessories fits in perfectly!
|High Quality Scrubs|| High quality scrubs are always welcome!
|Perfect lunch box||Food is essential for living - so bring it to work!|
|Overnight/Weekend Bag||Keep an eye on size - everything has to fit in!|
|White noise machine for sleep||Nothing is sweeter than sleeping!|
|Neck and Shoulder Massager||Get that resident a nice pleasant shoulder and neck rub!|
|Oxford Handbook of /specialty/||The more residents know the better!|
|Amazon Gift Card||-||Let medical resident choose by himself!|
|Nespresso Coffee and Espresso Maker||Each morning will be much more pleasant with nice cup of coffee.|
Didn’t find anything useful?
Check out other gift ideas for medical residents in our blog posts which are targeted on residents.