1. A quick reference book.
Pocket Medicine: The Massachusetts General Hospital Handbook of Internal Medicine 7th Edition
Some hospitalists buy UpToDate subscription with CME money so that they can start accumulating automatic CME whenever they read any topic on UpToDate website. In most hospitals, UpToDate is free.
2. A nice stethoscope. You may buy one you like. Most of the hospitalists like this
3M Littmann Stethoscope, Master Cardiology, Black Tube, Smoke Chestpiece, 27 inch, 2176
3. A pen light
Primacare DL-9224 6 Pack Disposable Diagnostic Penlight with Imprinted Pupil Gauge, Lightweight and Moulded Plastic Body Medical Pen Light for Nurse, Student, Doctors EMT, Multicolor.
4. Knee hammer
Prestige Taylor Percussion Hammer with Stealth Gray Head
5. Try to buy a car with ‘steering wheel heating’ and ‘4 wheel drive’ if you are going to work in a snow area. This can change your life. Trust me!
6. I consider having an Amazon Prime account is also a tool to save a lot of time by ordering online the stuff you need. It has helped me tremendously for the last 10 years to save time as you can save time for shopping.
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