Hi there,

I’ve been on the internal ┬ámedicine service for the last 3 weeks (by this Friday). I’m enjoying it so much, it literally feels like time is flyinggggg by! Minus standing for two to three hours in one go and occasionally forgetting to eat lunch, it’s perfect.

Here are the on the go resources stuffed in my white coat pocket everyday:

First off, Stethoscope, which I like to wear across the back of my neck, then, my ID. I carry this Maxwell quick reference guide in my coat’s breast pocket. It is literally life saving for history taking, checking out normal lab values and even writing SOAP notes. No idea what I’d do without it. Also, gotta have as many pens as I can carry in my pocket, because sometimes your superiors borrow your pens. Then there’s my penlight.


My lower pockets contain this Medicine Pocket book which is great for finding quick information on your feet. Also have my phone for that quick medscape check during ward rounds. This tiny moleskine notebook is the perfect size for my pocket. Love it. I usually have a hand sanitizer and lipbalm in my pocket. I carry a ‘borrowed-from-the-hospital’ tourniquet in my pocket, just so I don’t have to look for one every time I need to draw blood. Last, but not least, my reflex hammer.


If I liked chocolate as much as the average person, I guess I’d have a bar in my pockets? I usually don’t. It also gets really hot and I have an irrational fear of melted chocolate irreversibly staining my white coat, hohoho.

Med students in the house, what are your favorite things to stuff your white coats with?

Afoma x

  • Moyin

    This was fun.
    I wear a grey coat (research) and here’s what’s in mine.
    I have pens, so many pens. Marker pens and masking tape as well, you never know when you have to label something on the go.
    I have a tiny little notebook and a couple of post-its as well for recording results or leaving notes for myself or people about experiments I’m doing.
    COSHH forms and risk assessment forms (so annoying-I have to take them everywhere I go)
    My phone, hand sanitiser, lip balm, lighter, timer, a little reference book for lab codes and intercom numbers,
    I have my ID cards (I have like three for different labs) and my pen drive around my neck.
    Not allowed to have food in the lab but I have gum in my pocket.

    • Girrrrl your coat Gon be heavier than mine! Gosh. I used to carry gum in my pocket as well but I’m out. Gotta get some more this weekend. Thanks for your lovely comment! I’m not a lab person at all so it was nice knowing what lab persons have in their pockets haha

  • Its quite interesting to know what the pockets hold; always wondered. Thanks for sharing.

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