Hoarders: Med Student Edition

I’ve expressed my disdain regarding wearing my white lab coat many times around here – it’s hot, it’s uncomfortable, it’s germy – but something I’ve never allowed myself to admit is that sometimes it can be kind of useful (SOMETIMES. like when it’s not being annoying…or stiff…or disgusting). The pockets are just under 14 light years deep, so if you need to carry a galaxy or two with you into a patient room or 14 Red Bulls and a pint of icecream back from the cafeteria, you’re in luck.

It’s been just over a week since I last scavenged through this thing, here’s what I found in today’s weekly purging before the ceremonial washing of the MRSA mall:

  • 14 Alcohol Prep Pads
  • 1 Large Bandaid
  • 1 Maxwell Quick Reference book
  • 1 TTUHSC Ob/Gyn Clerkship Pocket Guide
  • 2 Prescription Examples
  • 2 Pens (unusually low tally)
  • 1 Highlighter
  • 1 Pyxis Scrub Machine Card
  • $21 in cash
  • $1.27 in change
  • 1 Pocket Vision Screener (obviously a necessity on L&D?)
  • 1 Ob/Gyn Clerkship Checklist
  • 4 Pieces of Blank Paper with Book Notes
  • 7 Active Patient Lists (not pictured for patient privacy)
  • 7 Page Journal Article on Intrapartum Amnioinfusion for Meconium-Stained Amniotic Fluid
  • 1 Discharge Medication List
  • 1 Patient Log List
  • 1 Daily OR Schedule


HOW?! WHY?! Please tell me I’m not the only one…please?

I suppose I should look at the good news, at least there wasn’t a speculum or wet prep hiding in there…I mean I am on Ob/Gyn right now.


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  • No OB wheel?

    • My OB wheel takes the form of an iPhone. :)

  • I would be super excited to find $22.27 in my pockets…even if I found it in a MRSA breeding zone.

  • I’m on radiology as a 4th year and I remember 3rd year well with my pockets full of stuff. This rotation if I have anything more than my cell phone and a pen in my pockets that’s allot.

  • Oh honey, you are not the only one. I cringe a little when I clean out those pockets. I also realized that I lent my white coat to a friend on Friday, and there were definitely multiple disgusting things in the pockets. Oops…

  • I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates their white coat! Although admittedly it can be useful… I still hate it! There’s gotta be a better way! Like an awesome doctor utility belt or even a fanny pack (ok maybe not a fanny pack…) Glad I found your blog! xoxo

  • Oh white coat! How I miss wearing you. I love reaching in to different pockets and finding stuff. Something about wearing the white coat makes me feel smarter and more doctorly. Kind of like Tom Cruise’s character in ‘A Few Good Men’ thinks better with his bat or Christian Bale’s version of Batman becomes something more than a man when he puts the suit on. Did I mention it also makes me dorky?

  • Oh now I want a bigger pocket on my coat so I can carry more useful things… Well or should I thank for a smaller one so it keep me carrying reasonable amount of stuff?? :p
    Anyways, I do enjoy reading your blog! Looking forward to read more of your upcoming posts!

  • When I was in OB, I actually weighed my white coat. Once when I was bored in clinic, I stepped on the scale with my white coat, then I took it off and did it again. Over 2 pounds. I have no idea what I had in there…

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