Match Day is behind us which means medical school graduation is just around the corner as a talented new generation of medical students will finally be adding those letters to their name: MD or DO. Finding the perfect gift - personal yet practical, useful but unique - to mark the occasion can be a daunting task which is why we have compiled this list of 10 gifts for medical school graduates that will eliminate the guesswork for you!
Pictured above: Bernard Men's & Rosalyn Women's Lab Coat
Practical yet personal, giving your newly minted physician a custom embroidered white lab coat is the perfect way to help them get excited for residency and instantly take their professional style to the next level. You can make this gift even more personal and meaningful with customized embroidery of his or her name, title, or logo...it's the closest they can get to wearing their diploma. Check out flexible and easy gift cards if you're not sure about sizing or style preferences (these tailored coats come in blazer/dress sizes).
A new medical school graduate will need a new stethoscope, and these German-engineered stethoscopes from ERKA are the perfectly sleek alternative to the mainstream Littmann brand stethoscopes most medical students get. From the sleek design to the patented dual-membrane sound chamber geometry, these chrome-plated stethoscopes are aesthetically more attractive and technologically more advanced than most popular scopes currently sold in North America. But that's about to change....Just recently available in the U.S., an ERKA stethoscope is easily the best new item that the doctor in your life needs!
Whether they're rushing to the hospital or just trying to stay alert during a long shift, any and all medical professionals run primarily on their caffeinated beverage of choice. This insulated coffee thermos has TempShield™ insulation technology to keep their cold brew icy for up to 24 hours and their pumpkin spice latte hot for up to 6. Not to mention, it’s the same size as most larges at coffee shops, so the doctor in your life can get their caffeine fix without adding a disposable cup to the mix.
A new resident physician can never have too many scrubs, and these gorgeous fitted scrubs are unmatched for durability - they actually get softer the more you wear and wash them! Because of the moisture-wicking performance fabric used to make these physician scrubs, your physician can be as comfortable as they are professional. And with custom embroidery options and gender-specific styles (ahem, a zippered fly for the men's scrub pants), these supremely soft medical scrubs are a gift that will hit the mark every time.
Medical professionals spend a lot of time in transition to and from the hospital and beyond.
A scrub jacket is perfect for new physicians to wear to work as a more casual alternative to their crisp white coat, and this scrub jacket is sleek enough to wear ooutside of the workplace as well. Praised as the "most revolutionary scrub jacket ever made," a scrub jacket from Medelita is the perfect way to keep your loved one warm in cold environments and extremely comfortable and dry in heated, high pressure situations. Perfect for work and life - with personalizzed embroidery available to make it extra special.
Keep your scrubs close and your underscrubs closer. New physicians beginning their residency programs will quickly become familiar with overly air-conditioned chilly workplaces, which is why a cozy soft underscrub tee is the perfect gift for a physician on-the-go. Better yet, this tee can easily transition from the hospital, to the grocery store, to the gym, and everywhere in between! Made of buttery soft performance fabric, these underscrub tees wick moisture and keep you cool when it gets too hot. It's ultimate comfort for any condition or climate.
7. An Apple Watch
Whether they're catching up on messages, checking their daily schedule, or just seeing how many steps they took during a busy shift meeting with patients, an Apple watch is the perfect gift for a multitasking new physician. This tech-savvy gift is an extremely thoughtful way to help your medical school graduate ease into life as a new resident that they are sure to appreciate.
8. An Inspirational Book
When embarking on a new journey, it can be helpful to hear from someone that has already walked a similar path. The last thing a new graduate wants to read is a medical textbook, but learning about the trials and tribulations that a successful doctor experienced after graduation might be of some interest. One book popular amongst students, residents, and doctors alike is “Hot Lights, Cold Steel: Life, Death and Sleepless Nights in a Surgeon's First Years” by Michael J. Collins M.D.
9. A Relaxing Day At The Spa
Most people don't feel comfortable splurging on a day at the spa, but it's fair to say that after 4 years of rigorous medical schoolwork, a new medical school graduate deserves a day of pampered relaxation. Give your new medical school graduate a gift certificate for a massage or facial so that they can indulge in a spa treatment at a time that fits in their schedule and allows them full relaxation.
10. A Year Of Amazon Prime
Give the gift of convenience, the most beautiful gift of all! With Amazon Prime they will have access to free shipping on thousands of common household items and can even have their groceries delivered, allowing a new resident physician to enjoy their precious few free hours rather than spend their time off running errands.
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