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Ideas for Medical Student Gifts that Will Rock Their Socks off

If any friend of yours deserves a good present, it’s most certainly your medical student buddy.

Medical school is one of the biggest challenges that one can face and a nice, well-thought-out gift will probably be met with much appreciation. Shining a little light into a med student’s life can give them the motivational boost they need to get through their tough exams.

Making these kind geeks happy isn't rocket science, but there are some things to keep in mind when choosing a present for medical students

Making these kind of geeks happy isn’t rocket science, but keep the following in mind when choosing a present for a medical student

We have put together a list of medical student gift ideas that ranges wildly from things they’ll find useful, to things that will keep them entertained in the little spare time they have and even to some that you wouldn’t expect to see on a gift idea list at all.

Gifts to Keep Medical Students Alive!

Very few gifts beat the perfect cup of coffee

Very few gifts beat the perfect cup of coffee

The lifestyles of medical students are notorious for the constant struggle with sleep deprivation. 24 hours are hardly enough to squeeze everything in, so a major concern for all students is staying energized.

And so, the first gift idea on this list is reserved for coffee makers. They’re the very source of the rejuvenating juice that medical students crave so much. Be thoughtful, though — medical students don’t usually have the time to deal with the whole coffee making process mechanically, so a good automatic coffee maker is the best decision. In the rare case that your medical student friend has taken coffee-making seriously and wants to stick to a more expert ritual, the coffee enthusiasts of Gizmodo may have a few ideas you’d like.

Next stop — a juicer. Buying juices can be costly or even not an option at all, if your friend ends up studying till late. So do the birthday boy or girl a favor, and get them a juicer. Choose wisely, though, as not all juicers are created equal. Fresh juices will keep medical students stuffed with vitamins, and with just a bit of the pulp back in the juice they can become their top choice for a fiber source on the go.

Gifts to Keep Medical Students Happy!

Throw in some artifacts from your friend's favorite show and you are good to go!

Throw in some artifacts from your friend’s favorite show and you are good to go!

No list that covers happiness can go without mentioning Game of Thrones. We’ve just seen the beginning of season 4, but I assure you — everyone likes to look back to the earlier episodes of this main-character-killing, dragon-featuring TV series. The first three seasons are available on Blu-Ray and can be bought online.

If the medical student in question can’t make up their mind on what they want to watch, and are a bit queasy when it comes to bloody swords, a Netflix subscription is an alternative safe choice. They’ll get to watch whatever they want each days, and Netflix fits flexible budgets, too. At $7.99 per month it’s up to you whether you get them a month or a full year of TV time.

Number three on our list is a cheeky gift that will actually come in handy, and might even bring a smile on your medical student buddy’s face. Drumroll… a t-shirt explaining why they’re not coming to the party. Why not? But remember that the rule of thumb here is to choose a gift that shows how well you know them.

Gifts to Keep Medical Students Well-Equipped

Practical presents are an absolute must for overachievers

Practical presents are an absolute must for overachievers

Let’s start with the obvious, but often forgotten stethoscope. This is something every medical student should own, even if they don’t work closely with patients yet. Littmann Stethoscopes seem to be everyone’s favorite and for good reason, too — they are extremely well-built, lightweight, and reliable.

You can make this gift exceptionally impressive by engraving the stethoscope with a unique message. Personalized gear like this is bound to have a bigger impact that will last through the decades. Luckily, MediSave offers free engraving on its Littmann Stethoscopes.

Another “equipment” gift idea is scrubs, which are required when dealing with patients. Remember, that this is exciting time for every medical student and they want to look their best, so go for an attractive fit and a flattering print or pattern. One more thing to consider when shopping for scrubs is the color, as some practices or hospitals may have a color-coding system.

Exciting and Unexpected Gifts

Every green head will enjoy a gift in support of Sea Shepherd

Every environmentalist will enjoy a gift in support of Sea Shepherd

There are a host of awesome gifts for the environmentalists among medical students.

If your friend has mentioned the U.N.’s recent orders to Japan to cease whaling, then supporting Sea Shepherd, the modern day pirates that have raised awareness about the problem, is probably their dream. This conservation society has fought a long battle with Japan’s whaling fleet. It has run its own TV show on Discovery and is staffed primarily by volunteers. Sea Shepherd offers a range of DVDs, clothes, and books in their webstore that will help them continue to fight for animal rights. Any of these will make for a thoughtful gift.

If instead (or in addition) your med student buddy is into new tech and style, then consider the Moto 360 - it’s a smartwatch from the future that everyone is buzzing about. It’s coming out soon, and I’m sure medical students will find it useful.

The one thing to always keep in mind when looking for a gift for medical students is to be considerate. Think about what they need and what they have. If the gift is planned for a big event, like a birthday or a graduation, it’s a good idea to coordinate things with other friends or family and invest together in something a bit more special.

Have any funny or touching stories about gifts you’ve given to your med student friends? Share them in the comments below.

The 2014 Short Guide to Medical School Applications

(Guest post by AIMS Education)

Before you apply for medical school, and even before you start an academic pathway that will help you transition into a medical program, consider medical school applications from the perspective of the admissions board. What qualities and characteristics make good applicants stand out? What would you want from an applicant’s recommendation letters? How can you demonstrate your aptitude while also committing to the things that you’re truly passionate about? Continue reading

Use Wearable Technology Today to Become the Tech Savvy Doctor of Tomorrow

It’s 2014 and Back to the Future’s hoverboard is still not available, but a ton of interesting technology lurks around the corner.

For the past two years wearable technology has been on the rise. Moving away from bulky and barely wearable to sleek and functional designs, this technology has a real chance to appeal widely to the public.

As such, wearable technology should be a prime interest for all medical students. Here’s why: Continue reading

Top 5 Medical Blogs to Help You Survive Med School

Losing valuable time in search of quality, up to date information online is something few can afford. Be the clever medical student and go where the professionals are.

Medical blogs can be the source of that one thing to help you get ahead with your work in medical school

Medical blogs can help you get ahead with your work in medical school

There’s more to being informed than keeping current with news websites, though. Medical blogs offer valuable analysis of current news that can prove quite helpful during your med school years. Here are the top 5 medical blogs every student should follow: Continue reading

Medical Professionals: How to Manage Your Social Media Reputation

If lack of trust and respect wasn’t enough, medical professionals have a whole new challenge to face – social media. Although many hospitals have introduced basic social media policies, these guidelines target primarily patient confidentiality. At Medisave, we’ve found 5 DOs and DON’Ts for doctors to maintain and gain reputation online. Continue reading

Can Doctors and Patients Regain Trust in Each Other?

John W. Finnie, MD

Becoming a respected doctor figure doesn’t mean looking grumpy. It’s all about how you act. – Mercy Health / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND

With persistent problems plaguing the US healthcare system, it’s inevitable to miss the the numerous negative comments about doctors on the internet.

Arguments hit hard and range from concerns of putting profits above patients, to ones regarding doctors’ competence. It almost seems as though patients’ respect for doctors is gone. But is this really a sign of hatred?

A reply to MD Shirie Leng’s comment on a New York Times article makes it painfully obvious. “It’s not hatred, but fear”, this genuine comment is a real eye-opener as to where involuntary prejudice comes from. Continue reading

Top Websites for Learning Medical Terminology

Med Abroad

We all have the web at our finger tips. It’s time to take advantage of it.UC Irvine / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND

What’s more disturbing — borborygmi or the pronunciation of this word?

Borborygmi is the rumbling sound in your stomach. Learning words like this is part of the fun of popular medical terminology, but what happens when you stumble upon a term without an easy-to-find definition? Continue reading

How Medical Students Can Avoid Sleep Deprivation

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Getting through medical school without being sleep deprived is possible! - SveinHal / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND

Is getting enough sleep during medical school mission impossible? For the vast majority of medical students it seems so. And at first glance, juggling lectures, studying for exams, and medical practice, it is indeed something that’s not humanly possible.

Actually, this is a nationwide problem so pressing that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention posted an extensive article showing worrying trends. Americans are so badly affected by sleep deprivation, more than a third aged 25 and above fall asleep unintentionally at least once  a month. Continue reading

The Zen of Managing and Taking Care of Scrubs

Looking sharp is not reserved for the doctors. Step it up and take a better care of your scrubs

Looking sharp is not reserved for the doctors. Step it up and take a better care of your scrubs

 

If there’s one thing we can all agree on about clothes, is that we all hate wrinkles. And stains. And discolorations. These often come as a surprise in the worst of times. Losing time trying to sort out your uniform in the last minute only brings unnecessary stress to your already tense lifestyle. So take care of scrubs, it can save you valuable time and a ton of headaches.

It might seem like a simple thing to do, but students and even doctors might be not taking the best care of their faithful scrubs. Here are some best practices on how to keep scrubs in a good condition and a bonus cheeky tip to always look sharp. Continue reading