What is a good gift for someone graduating from medical school?
Medical school is quite challenging, so people are proud of their hard work. Med students are also excited and nervous to start a new chapter in their career. The next step after medical school for most is residency - the intern year. Many medical students graduate in June, and intern year starts July 1st. The first year is complex, challenging emotionally and physically, with an extremely steep learning curve. The highs are high, and lows quite low.
Med school graduates are facing a tight economy, higher costs of living, and health care changes.To address the upcoming challenge, one should realize that life is about to be quite difficult. Since 2003, a new law mandates a cap at 80hrs/work week, and no longer than 30 hours shift, along with other limitations time is crucial.
Give them something that makes them use their time effectively and makes their lives easier And take care of them, since they won't be caring for themselves.
Most interns at some point feel useless, incompetent, stupid, and question their ability to care for others (hopefully most do, as this is the humbling process that makes one hungry to learn more to do right for their patient).
Give them something that reminds them of their strengths (like a meaningful card or reminder of why they went into the field so they can refer to this later).
There are two categories monetary/gift cards and "personal" gifts.
Definitely, gifts of money or useful gift cards are very useful and appreciated - not only are the majority of graduating med students facing a move of some sort for residency programs, but they also will soon be facing student loan repayments on a very restricted salary.
- Stethoscope: If you know that your graduating medical student is in need of a good stethoscope and it's in your gift budget, a nice stethoscope is a great gift. But most people already gift these so you don't want your graduate ending up with several stethescope. Most medical students know what kind of stethoscope they want already.
For those who already own a stethescope a nice gift would be a stethoscope necklace set for your female physicians. There are plenty of meaningful message cards options to pick for new graduates
- Medical bag: classic-style doctor's bag.
- Leather prescription pad cover/wallet:
- Compression stockings for those long shift hours
Some other nice, smaller gifts that can also be personalized for that extra touch are penlights or personalized gift. Lighter, fun gifts are also always appreciated.
Regardless of what you decide, gift or not, a card or note acknowledging the hard work that went into earning that degree is always appreciated. Medical school experience is crazy. But it's also an exhilarating and exciting journey of learning and discovery. End this journey with some sweet memories to take away with you.
by Delicate Charms
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