WHAT'S IN MY COAT POCKETS

In order of what was emptied out of my clinic white coat before I tossed it in the laundry bin. TGIF! 🎉
  1. 1.
    Pen
    I started out with four and somehow ended up with just one by the end of the clinic day. This is my favorite pen! It draws clean, thin lines so I don't get any smudging. Also, it's called O.B. 🏆
  2. 2.
    Surgilube packets
    I'm always ready to perform a pelvic exam.
  3. 3.
    Condoms
    No, not for co-worker sexy times à la Grey's Anatomy, but to cover the vaginal probe for pelvic ultrasounds. Still, I was pretty mortified when some fell out of my pocket at the hospital in front of a general surgeon.
  4. 4.
    Fetal doppler
    to hear the fetal heartbeat during prenatal visits
  5. 5.
    Measuring tape
    to measure the pregnant patient's uterine fundal height
  6. 6.
    Silver nitrate sticks
    to cauterize a bleeding biopsy site (don't worry, the poison warning is to prevent people from ingesting it)
  7. 7.
    Alcohol swabs
    because I'm a germaphobe and always wipe down my stethoscope or my pen if I let someone borrow it
  8. 8.
    A hand drawn picture of the uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes
    I was showing the patient what organs would be removed during her hysterectomy. Not my best work, but it got the job done!
  9. 9.
    iPhone
    with all my medical apps!
  10. 10.
    Prescription pad
    💊💊💊
  11. 11.
    Business cards in a card case
    with the Backline clinic number for patients to bypass the frustrating call center
  12. 12.
    Tea bag packet
    Clinic was so busy yesterday that I never got around to making my tea!
  13. 13.
    Partially eaten chocolate bar
    that I bought from my medical assistant to support her son's school fundraiser
  14. 14.
    Lip balm
    Because who wants to see a doctor with dry, chapped lips?
  15. 15.
    Extra hair tie
    In case I have to perform an unexpected procedure