WHAT’S IN MY BACKPACK? (doctor edition!)


Excuse me Candy. I need some space. Hey guys! My name is Jamie and I’m a first year emergency
medicine resident and today I’m gonna be making a what’s in my bag. And this what’s in my bag video has become
a bit of an annual tradition. I first made this video as a second year medical
school student in medical school, and I made one as a third year. And in third year I had a professional looking
bag because I had just started seeing patients and in 4th year I had a professional/very
light weight bag because as a 4th year medical school student you don’t have to carry a ton
of things to school/hospital so I had a very light weight bag. And as a first year emergency medicine resident
I’m back to my trusty old backpack. And this backpack is actually the same backpack
that I used as a second year med student so it’s nice to be kind of going back and using
it and having it carry all my stuff as a resident vs. medical student. So I talked about this in the last couple
videos but I prefer carrying a backpack now because I’m in the city and I’m commuting
and having a backpack is a lot easier on my bag vs. like a shoulder bag. So that’s why I’ve been carrying a backpack. So let’s get started with what’s in my backpack. So the first thing I have in my bag is a jacket. I have this fleece jacket because it’s always
freezing in the hospital. I just feel like there is no good way to predict
whether it’s gonna be hot or cold. Usually it’s cold in the hospital so I carry
this fleece jacket with in the backpack and then I end up wearing it almost everyday. Next thing I have is my stethoscope. And I always get a lot of questions about
what kind of stethoscope to carry in the hospital especially if you’re a med student or if you’re
a resident but I’ve seen a huge range of stethoscope from one of those disposable ones that you
only use with contact isolation patients to very expensive nice stethoscope but I think
as long as it works for you it doesn’t really matter so just pick one that is good for you
and you can stick with it. Next thing I have is my water bottle. I’ve been trying to take my own advice and
trying to stay hydrated so I’ve been refilling this and drinking it constantly at my desk. Next thing I have is my pencil case. And this is the same pencil case I used since
2nd year of medical school… I think I had it even before then. Basically filled with all the pens, whiteout,
highlighters, ruler and a USB flash drive. For the most part I don’t end up taking this
out because I really only carry two pens on me in my scrub pocket at all times. That’s one black pen and one multipen. This is something I have in my pocket at all
times so that I can quickly take notes and I usually don’t end up digging into my pencil
case. Next thing I have is my shears. And this is a cool trick that I saw a bunch
of people do in the residency. So I’ve also done it–which is to attaching
my shears to this slicky ID badge thing (Retractable badge holder) so that I can clip this part
to my scrub pants and when I need to use my shears, I don’t have to unclip it. I can just stretch it out and use it without
taking it out. Shears are one of things that you kind of
need to have on you at all times because you never know when you’re gonna have to cut somebody’s
clothes off or someone needs their bandages cut off. But I feel like it’s also one of those things
that people always ask you if they can borrow it or if you can do it. I feel like if you just have it handy and
you can just use it and you never have to give it to somebody else and you don’t risk
losing it. Next thing I have is my ID Badge and on the
lanyard of my I.D badge I have this flashlight and this is another really handy way of having
your pen light with you without needing extra pockets. You can just have it around your neck and
you can use it to check someone’s pupils or you can use it look in someone’s mouth or
get a better exam of a wound or something like that. So just a really handy way of carrying your
pen light around your neck. Next thing I have is this portable pulse oximeter. You turn it on and you put your finger in
and it tells you the pulse, your heart rate and basically also your oxygen saturation
percentage. This machine is basically available at a lot
of the monitors, like if you get your vitals taken you can get this number but sometimes
you don’t have those vital checking machines with you when you’re right next to a patient
and you just wanna quickly check someone’s pulse and their heart rates so this is a very
handy way of having it around your neck also. I haven’t had to use it so much in pediatrics
patients but I know that in adult side a lot of the residents have this little handy machine. Actually this is pretty affordable too I think
it’s $18 on Amazon. So I definitely recommend this item. Next thing I have are some of these reference
cards and books. So this book I talked about from my last video. It’s a pocket emergency medicine book. It’s suppose to fit in your white coat pocket
and it’s basically a summary of a lot of the topics that are important in emergency medicine. Not really a book that you read from front
to back it’s really something that you use as a reference so usually I’ll look it up
if I have some down time if I’m curious about a topic or how to manage something. This is an Airway card which I also mentioned
last time. Basically it has all medication that you might
need in a intubation setting and it has the dosages for anywhere from premie babies to
large adults. So it’s really useful and you don’t really
have to think too much about calculating the dosage in an emergency intubation process. And because I’m in pediatrics right now. I have this PALS card which is pediatric advance
life support and it has all the pathways of what to do when something goes wrong or an
when an emergency situation rises. I haven’t had to use it yet thankfully but
I do have it because it has all the vital signs in the front that I think is really
handy to have with you for pediatrics. Next thing I have is my iPhone charger. I also haven’t had to use it because I’m usually
not on my phone at work but it’s just handy to have especially because my work phone is
also an iPhone so sometimes I need to charge that. Next couple things I have are my work phone
and pager. This is a work phone that I use and this is
really handy because it allows me to text the nurses or any consultants if I have any
questions. I haven’t really had to use a pager so much
because of this phone and I think the hospital is rolling out this phone to everyone so that
it’s becoming more of a central method of communication for all of us. And nevertheless I have these two things with
me. Next thing I have is some snacks. Last time I made a video I said that I was
going 12 hours without going to the bathroom or eating. I’m really trying to get better at taking
breaks so I have these snacks with me. This is the nature valley biscuit from Costco. They taste pretty good and I usually end up
having one of these and maybe another thing during my breaks. Next thing I have are my headphones. So I have these Bose headphones and also my
airpods. I use these during my commutes to the hospital. I think that might be it… So I actually have to run now. I’m heading off to my shift in a little bit
so I’m gonna put all the stuff in my backpack and head off to work. Alright guys! That’s it for today’s video. If you guys wanna follow me on social media. You guys can follow me at THESTRIVETOFIT on
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82 thoughts on “WHAT’S IN MY BACKPACK? (doctor edition!)

  1. How do you handle relationships while being in med school or in residency? I've heard of people having difficulties maintaining them. Love you sooo muchhh💕 I'm thinking of taking medical technology as my premed, and youve been such an inspiration!

  2. I’m doing my MCAT this summer, and I love watching your videos! It pushes me into wanting to go into this field even further! Thank you for such great content 🙂

  3. Hi Jamie! Great video; I'm a medical student in Peru, and the next year I'll be doing the internship, in my country it lasts one year and we have 4 clinical rotations (pediatrics, surgery, ob-gyn and internal medicine). My question is what's your opinion about wearing scrubs or white coat out of the hospital? Here is very common (mostly wearing scrubs than white coats), but I'm concern if that could be a little bit wrong; because you know hospitals have resistant microorganisms and maybe, we'd be spreading them. I appreciate your viewpoint, and if it's the same in USA? Thank you for sharing your experiences! It's very helpful and motivating!!!

  4. Hey Jamie, you are such an inspiration to me! I have learnt so much from your videos. Keep making them and good luck with residency!

  5. I love your channel ! ❤ pls come out with new merch for back to school. I'm in paramedic school && would love to buy ur notebooks. Medical pens etc

  6. amazing! but more important than your stethoscope is the snacks!!! 😛 ps i recently just learnt something about stethoscopes – they were invented by a french doctor who was too embarrassed to rest his ear on a woman's chest! AND THAT'S HOW WE HAVE STETHOSCOPES

  7. The difference between the contents of a residency and medical school backpack is honestly great inspiration. Awesome video!

  8. Hi Jamie, I know that you are super busy but can you make a video about USMLE? I love your channel and also congratulations about your Emergency Residence!! Keep going 💪🏼♥️

  9. I'm in my first year of emergency residency too, I've started two months ago and I really love all these videos!

  10. Amazing video! I love your video. I’m as first year med student. You are so inspirational:) where are you doing your residency?

  11. Thank you for sharing! I love watching your videos! Always makes me motivated to study hard and be organized! 😊

  12. I love your channel Jamie, can you do a video regarding how your manage your time on handling your weekly or daily time as a medicine resident student and a YouTuber at the same time? Thank you so much🙏 😊 I have a friend who wants to do YouTuber as a second career yet she find it tricky in time management.

  13. Hello Jamie! I'm a medical student from Germany and I was wondering if you don't get any scrubs from the hospital? Here in Germany, we get our work clothes there because of hygiene. They get watched (not in all hospitals though) everyday and you can pick out a new pair of scrubs everyday. This goes for white coats also… but, like I said, not in all hospitals. But no one has to buy their own scrubs and no one gets changed at home.
    Besides that, your hospital seems suuuper modern with the work phone!! That's really handy, I think. Exciting 🙂

  14. Started medical school last week and I have enjoyed watching your videos. Decided to also share my story on you tube. I do not think I'll end up being an ER doc, but I do want to keep an open mind once rotations start! Good luck and keep up the hard work! – Aaron

  15. Hey Jamie! I’m a freshman in college and I’ve been interested in emergency medicine since high school. You’re an inspiration to me 💕 I love your videos! Also, how do you manage YouTube and Medical School at the same time?

  16. Love how you went back to your old bag and made a what's in my bag Video with it, cause what's inside is that really matters but not a NEW bag.

  17. When did you change your eko smart stethoscope with that one? Why? Or am I just going mad by thinking you had one?

  18. Anyone know if life after residency is more or less hectic? Do you get rewarded with more time off or more work ? 🙂

  19. Hi Jamie, can you do a review on your Apple Watch? Like what apps you use and how you use it? Thank you 🙂

  20. 3:07 "Slinky I.D. Badge Thing" instead of "Retractable Badge Holder". Doctor jargon. It reminds me of Buckaroo Banzai when he says to New Jersey during brain surgery, "No, no, no. Don't tug on that. You never know what it might be attached to." ^^

  21. Hi guys , I'm a med student , and after this summer holiday i'll be in my 3rd year of med school, practicing for my firsr time night shifts and consultations , so please guys if u have some advices for me , what to read or what to study to improve my skills in consultations , any ideas , books , youtube channels in frensh or english, thnk uuuuu so much

  22. I also keep an insulated flaskin my bag to hide my non stop coffee/tea top ups lol. Like you, I definitely get dehydrated during shifts but can't do much about it as I'm already peeing so much from the caffeine intake and it's a bother haha.

    Any recommendations for portable savory snacks? I don't have much of a sweet tooth and biscuits usually get all crumbly in my bag,

  23. I didn't realize. That residents carried backpacks. It makes sense why people thought I was way more advanced than I actually was.

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