Post # 1
My younger bro is graduating med school in two weeks and I need a gift idea! So far I got him these cute stuffed animal organs (a joke gift), but all I can think of otherwise is cash!
Any ideas? I am looking to spend $500 to $700, and can either give cash and some small thoughtful gifts or a big gift. My parents already got him a nice Tiffany watch so that is out.
Post # 3
An iPad? Althought I’m assuming he might have one.. A new camera? I’m lost.. what does he like to do?
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - Cedar Lake Cellars
The best thing I got when I graduated from vet school was books. I use them everyday as references and think about the people who gave them to me. They are an invualuable library of knowledge… but they are also very expensive.
That might be something worth asking him about.
Post # 5
My Fiance is about to start med school, and he’s been looking longingly at all of the nice ENT scopes, etc. I’m sure your brother has one, but you never know…he may be in need of an upgrade.
Post # 6
What about a nice business card holder? Or super nice wallet?
Med students (like my fiance) are used to not having much time, so something basic of super great quality sounds like a good idea.
Post # 7
@TopazWedding: iPad or similar thing is a great idea given you can organize journal articles on it as well as lots of medical apps. fits in the white coat pocket…mine can hold one anyway. what is he going into?
Post # 8
Is he going into a residency program? Depending on how long ago he bought his stethoscope it could be time for an upgrade, although I’ve had attendings practicing for 30+ years using the same stethoscope they had in med school, something about fond memories and the parts are replacable. There are many different types and they can be a personal preference so I would consult with him before buying one, or in a card you can draw a pic of a stethoscope and say you’re upgrading him to his choice of X$.
I wouldn’t go for the otoscopes or ophthalmoscopes unless he’s going into something specific which would utilize thses, or if it’s required for a residency program; most hospitals will have these around to use when needed for not super-specialized tests. There are some like electronic references (epocrates, uptodate, pepid) which can be useful in practice and residency programs but sometimes schools/programs provide access to these.
Perhaps something non-medical related, like a gift card for a restaurant he likes with other things. If he’s going to have to dress professional, then maybe clothes/gift card for this to update his wardrobe. Scrubs can be expensive too, but sometimes hospitals supply these as well. DunkinD/Starbucks gift cards for caffeine fix or a Kerig-like coffee brewer…
I don’t know if any of my ramblings were at all helpful, but I hope so!
Post # 9
If his residency is next up, he’ll probably appreciate a gift card. Those poor young doctors are always exhausted and broke.
Post # 10
I agree on a giftcard. One for something like a restaurant that does deliveries or even for a drycleaning place or something. Anything that will save him time because he’ll be so busy!
Post # 11
Stethoscope, ENT scope, something with Dr. Name engraved or embroidered on it. Reference books (although he probably has plenty of those). Is there anything he has mentioned wanting?
Post # 12
I agree with a gift card! Especially on something that will save him time!
One of my good friends is currently in his PGY-1, and he goes through periods (depending on the rotation) where he has absolutely no time to take care of himself. This depends a bit on what he’s going into and what hospital he’ll be at, but I’ve definitely helped my friend out at times when he was just too busy/tired to do things. I don’t go over and do his laundry lol, but since we live close by, I’ll pick him up some groceries and have him pay me back or invite him over to dinner when I know his schedule is too hectic and he won’t have a home cooked meal in a while.
Post # 13
Maybe he would like a subscription to the New England Journal of Medicine? It’s $140-170 for a 1 year subscription, so maybe supplement it with something else if you are looking to spend $500+ 🙂
Post # 14
I get the feeling that you want him to have something that he’ll keep for a long time and remember . . . if he’s eventually going into private practice, perhaps have his diploma framed? Definitely if he doesn’t have an iPad (or other edevice) for reading journal articles, that’s the way to go. That way, he can keep up-to-date without having to boot up a computer or lug around heavy books, etc.
Post # 15
xstine515 mentioned that journal, that’s actually the best idea I’ve read so far! Most physicians like to stay up to date, and to fully do that they need to constantly read about four different journals. JAMA is a good, basic one; maybe a big journal from England; and the field he’ll specialize in.
Post # 16
- Wedding: September 2014 - Garden outside our church
I would imagine your brother’s already graduated, so I might be a little late, but I’m graduating next year and just have to add my 2 cents. I’m hoping to get a St. Luke’s medallion & chain (which can also carry my wedding/ering when I’m doing procedures/surgeries). A little reminder that we’re not in this alone and that it’s a calling might come in handy!
It might not be appropriate for every man, but I know my Dad has worn the medal that my nephew gave him for his Confirmation (my father was his sponsor) every day since.