Starting your journey in medicine is exciting, but for students moving away from home it can be challenging to figure out what you need to take.
Here, we would like to help make your move as seamless as possible with a one stop packing list: medical school edition.
Contrary to what you might be tempted to do, you DO NOT need to bring medical textbooks to university and should definitely NOT buy textbooks to bring with you. Most universities will have a medical library or a medicine section of the library that will stock almost every textbook you seek. Even more options are available online and as textbooks are constantly being updated, new versions are constantly printed making old versions less valuable if you intend to sell them secondhand.
Exams are usually based on your lecture notes anyway so while textbooks may help explain a concept in more depth, it would be ludicrous, not to mention extremely stressful, to try and base your knowledge off textbooks alone.
If you don’t already have one, it might be a good idea to buy one before you start medical school. You’ll be needing one for every lab/dissecting session and you might be denied entry to without one.
While handling scalpels and other sharp objects, over the ankle socks are sometimes required to ensure you don’t cut yourself if you drop what you’re holding.
If your medical school offers early clinical exposure, you might find yourself in a GP clinic or hospital where, unless shadowing in surgery, you will be expected to dress appropriately and to the dress code. The dress code in a GP clinic and hospital is generally the same: keep it smart and clean. Start small, bring a few outfits with you and build on it throughout medical school!
A good way to practice active recall, a whiteboard replaces the need to waste paper and is extremely useful for brainstorming, making mind maps and general organisation. Getting through medical school involves learning and memorising several pathways for which a whiteboard can make the process much easier.
We don’t recommend you buy a stethoscope before you start university, as you might find you don’t quite need it as a first year. You just need one before you start clinical sessions.
A tendon hammer may be listed on your required packing list for medical school but we wouldn’t recommend you buy one at all. Most situations which will require you to use one will have one present for you to practice with.