Hi everyone! I know Christmas is literally right around the corner, so I wanted to do a quick post on gift ideas for people who know and love a pre-med, medical/dental student, or any other healthcare related student including nursing and physician assistant students. If you are a last minute shopper like me, there's still time to order a few of these items. I hope it helps!
Disclaimer: This post should really be called "A list of things people can get me for Christmas".
On a bugdet ($10-30)
Mugs are a necessity for any student whether it be filled with tea or a double shot of espresso. Why not have it in a mug that reminds you you're almost where you want to be? Here's a mug that students may enjoy.
Novels about medicine are probably one some of my favorite things to read. I don't have as much time to read for fun any more, but one of my favorite authors is Dr. Atul Gawande. I've read all of his books and even went to a talk he did in NYC when his last novel, Being Mortal, came out. Other novels I would recommend include: Better also by Dr. Gawande, How Doctors Think by Jerome Groopman, M.D., and When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Karlanithi.
If the student you know is anything like me, they most likely love to write out different pathways, structures, or just like to see things in different colors, then these pens will be a great gift for them. The Muji pens shown below have a fine tip, while Staedtler pens have a flat/felt-like tip and are more similar to a thin marker. I use them to draw things out and take notes. Both sets are my go to writing tools.
The Anatomy Coloring Book is a great learning tool and also can just be fun! I used to have the physiology version and loved using it as a mental break during undergrad.
Have a little extra ($30-100)
Netter's Anatomy Flashcards would be a great gift for someone who is determined to learn human anatomy from the anatomy king! These cards are the perfect study tool right before those practical exams!
Whether or not the student in your life wants to become a surgeon, at some point they will have to know how to suture and tie knots. A suture and knot tying kit like this one by The Apprentice Doctor might be the way to go!
A 3M Littmann stethoscope is the gold standard for any student. I have one that was included in my tuition. Although I don't know how to use it yet, I know a good stethoscope is crucial for any student's education.
Now if you want a hi-tech stethoscope, the Eko stethoscope is what you need. It has all these functions that can only make learning heart sounds easier and maybe a little more fun. It has bluetooth compatibility and recording options that will definitely make the student in your life top of their class or even better- the best future cardiologist they can be. I'm really hoping Santa puts this under the tree for me!
The last item on the list is someone anyone could have, but if you can afford it an iPad Pro and Pencil is the ultimate gift for any student. I use mine everyday to take notes, look at powerpoint slides from lectures, and watch Youtube videos (not always related to school, but you know you get the gist). If they already have a Pro considering just getting them the Pencil, it seriously has transformed my life!
I hope my little wish list has given you ideas for what to get someone who is interested in medicine and that these gifts will continue to be the boost of motivation they might need during those late night study sessions!
We all know what really matters during the holidays- spending time with loved ones and creating memories! I'm looking forward to having a few days off from studying and enjoying the holiday with my family and friends. Happy Holidays to you and yours!