Gifts for Medical Residents


Medical residency is an exciting step toward becoming a practicing physician and can last anywhere from three to five years, depending on the specialty. Residency training commonly requires working long hours and lengthy shifts in an intense and often high-pressure environment to prepare residents to handle all situations. Whether you you want to congratulate a family member or have a loved one in residency training, give gifts that help relieve some of the stress and make life a little easier.

Time-Management Gifts

  • What most medical residents don't have a lot of is spare time, so give a time-saving gift to help maximize every minute. He'll appreciate a portable coffee maker -- a lifeline when he's running late or crunched for time. Several on the market have built-in rechargeable batteries so no outlet is needed. Give him a smart alarm clock to help him get back those 10 minutes he spends hitting the snooze button in the morning. One such clock rolls off the nightstand and around the floor, requiring you to get out of bed and chase it to shut off the alarm.

Work-Related Gifts

  • If you're leaning toward a practical gift, what most medical residents need are work-related items. Gift her a leather or other high-quality-material call bag. Residents are on call certain days of a week and need a sturdy call bag to store extra clothes, toiletries, snacks and other necessities. Residents also incur costs purchasing work uniforms such as scrubs and lab coats. Ease some of that cost and put a special touch on it by giving her a set of custom-embroidered scrubs and lab coats. Make sure the clothes meet the specific hospital's dress code and regulations.

Stress-Relieving Gifts

  • With residents working long hours and managing a hectic schedule, it's no surprise they don't have much time to clean. Giving a resident a month of housekeeping service helps ease some of the pressure he's under. Managing a demanding work life and balancing his personal life is likely to leave him stressed once in a while. Help him relieve some tension and give him a gift certificate for a deep-tissue massage. If he's short on time, make it a workplace chair massage.

Organizational Gifts

  • Keeping up with the demands of working in a busy hospital or clinic requires organization, among other things. An organization-oriented gift helps her workday run smoother. Give her a workstation organizer to help keep her area neat. Organizers have compartments and holders for everything from files and folders to paper clips and pens. Give her a large wall calender to help her keep track of her work hours, appointments and overall schedule. If she has a smartphone, pay for an annual subscription to a digital organization app.


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