Ultimate Guide to Find Perfect Gifts for Medical Residents
Welcome to Your best gift guide to find perfect gifts for medical residents. To know exactly what to buy for medical residents, first of all, we need to know a little background about them, but 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 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, hand picked products for medical residents. So 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.