Mike's Medical School Graduation Gifts Wish List
Writing this page about medical school graduation gifts makes me very happy. I'll be there in a few months!
As a soon-to-be-graduating medical student, these are the gifts I think I (and most graduating medical students) would really appreciate:
- With the cost of medical school going up in California and other places, debt is a serious issue. Also, residencies don't pay all that much. Getting money to put a dent in that over $100,000 of debt would be a great graduation gift.
Gizmos and Gadgets
- More and more doctors are relying on technology to help them do their work. A new iPadequipped with medical apps would be a wonderful gift.
Of course if you buy an iPad, you'll also want the accessoriesto go with it.
Not to mention having a few dollars to add some medical and/or fun apps to it.
While we're on this subject, a new phone would definitely be a positive. If you're wanting to keep in touch with this person face-to-face, the Apple iPhone 4S and its face time capability make that easier. Plus it's just a cool phone with the great camera and ability to tell it what you want it to do. I like the unlocked version personally. I like to feel free!
- I didn't get a high school or a college graduation ring, but I wouldn't mind having a medical school graduation ring. Maybe. I would go more for a lapel pin or a tie or money clipwith UCLA on it. Some people might go for a license plate framewith their school on it.Any of these would make great medical school graduation gifts. We're proud of this accomplishment and want to show it off!
Clothes Make the Man (or Woman)
Books and Equipment
- Now that your medical school graduate is going into a particular field, he or she would probably appreciate some literature about that field. A good book about that person's specialty would be a solid choice. It might be a little tricky to know what books are good if you're not familiar, but here are a couple of tips.
Anything from The Pocket Series by Massachusetts General Hospitalwould be a great choice. Anyone can use Pocket Medicine and there are pocket guides for other specialties as well, including mine, psychiatry.
For internal medicine, Harrison'sis a great choice.
Other than those, it will probably depend on your medical school graduate's specialty and preferences. You might want to call and ask what books would be helpful. It does ruin the surprise of your medical school graduation gift, but at least you won't buy something your grad will never use.
Also, a lot of books are available electronically now, which is a big benefit since medical books are generally gigantic. A Kindle would be a great medical school graduation gift to help keep that library at a size that's a lot easier to move!
If your medical school graduate is going into pediatrics, they might appreciate some of the many pieces of equipment designed to make medical equipment look less scary. Here are a few examples:
These probably won't fly if your grad is going into surgery, but they're fun if they fit your grad's specialty and personality.
A Vacation From My Problems
- Remember that a medical student does not exactly graduate to be a doctor. They now face anywhere from 3-7+ years of residency. Residency is actually even MORE demanding than medical school! Students often have a few weeks to months between graduation and beginning residency. An outstanding gift would be to give your grad a vacation. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, but having some time by a beach or in the mountains before school starts could be just what the doctor ordered.
- Use budget travel companies. I like Payless Car Rental. They're professional and usually you, well, pay less! Check out their specials like Deal of the Hour, Last Minute Deals and Early Bird Specials for special discounts. You can also use CheapOStay to help you book your hotel, flight and rental car for guaranteed low rates. They often have coupon codes and discounts that help you get even better deals. If you're like me, you're trying to keep your costs down and these companies will help you do that.
Hopefully these are some helpful ideas for medical school graduation gifts. You can even opt for the free gifts of a phone call or a nice card. Those often mean just as much. Honestly, most grads are just happy that they're done with medical school. Any gift will just be icing on the cake.
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