Now that’s I’ve gotten the first two years of medical school under my belt, you can say my wish list has changed a bit. It’s still the most wonderful time of year, and with that comes yummier food, holiday music, and much needed time with family to make priceless memories. Of course, being a medical student is more expensive than most people will ever know, so I decided to prepare an updated gift guide for the M3 or M4 in your life. I also made a Christmas Wish List last year for the M1 or M2 in your life if you need more ideas.
- Step 2 study material. Step 2 is way more expensive than Step 1, so helping out with question bank subscriptions and textbooks would be amazing for the M3 in your life.
- Plane tickets. This is a GREAT GIFT, especially for those M4s who are on the interviewing trail. Talk about expensive—travel, hotel stay, food. This would most definitely be a helpful gift.
- Massage. During M3 year, rotations can really start to take a toll, especially with heavier rotations such as surgery, internal medicine, or ob/gyn. Treat the M3 in your life to a well-deserved, much-needed massage. I assure you that he or she will be forever grateful.
- Gift Cards. These are easy and incredibly useful. Students are always in need of business professional clothes, coffee, and food. The options are endless.
- Business Suit. This is KEY for the M4 in your life. Before they set off interviewing, they will need a solid suit to carry them through the interviewing season. Why not a gift a well-fitting, tailored suit?
- Weekender Bag. See the theme with traveling? A good solid weekender bag will be able to fit many things and get by as a carry-on through the TSA checks. My mom bought me one as an M1, and it is very well-loved, to say the least.
- Journal. While your M4 is traveling, he or she can jot down the pros & cons of each residency program to help narrow down the choices when it’s time to rank programs. For the M3, a journal is a great way to write down experiences from each rotation. That way, when it’s time to write a personal statement, he or she has got a few stories to reflect on.
I hope this season brings you all lots of joy and laughter—Merry Christmas!