School may be letting out for the summer, but for medical students it means time to prepare for the next semester. In addition to securing living arrangements and finalizing schedules and curricula, students must also start acquiring the necessary books and supplies required by their classes. Supply lists can be extensive and costly, and student loans, scholarship and grant funds rarely cover the expense they require.
Among the most basic supplies required, regardless of what field of medicine will eventually be studied, are cardiology-grade stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers with a variety of cuffs to fit all sizes from infant to obese patients, otoscopes and ophthalmoscopes with accompanying disposable tips, reflex hammers and tuning forks. For easy transport of equipment from laboratories to lecture halls, a Boston bag or nylon paramedic bag may be useful. Student may also be expected to provide their own lab coats or surgical scrubs, as well as appropriate footwear and other protective apparel.
Some items that aren’t necessarily essential but may be good to have are ID badge holders, as well as engraved stethoscope tags that will ensure that valuable supplies are not lost or confused for other students’ belongings. Supplementary education equipment may also be considered, such as instructional DVDs on performing CPR or using a defibrillator, as well as simulator manikins that allow students to train for such procedures as infant airway insertion or starting IV lines.
It may seem overwhelming at first, but with enough planning and smart shopping, it’s possible to get ready for the next step in medical school without breaking the bank. Don’t be afraid to use coupons and ask about special discounts for volume pricing. Every student can use a little extra help!
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