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What’s in my DOCTOR’S BAG ON-CALL?: Preparing for a Call Shift (medical resident vlog)

Hey guys. I’m Siobhan, a first year medical resident. Tonight it’s Friday night and no, I’m not hanging out with friends. Instead I’m staying here and planning, packing and getting myself organized for my call shift tomorrow. So Saturday morning I’m in the hospital and have to have stuff until Sunday morning. So stick with me, keep me company and I’ll show you what I end up packing and putting into my bag. Most important thing to pack is food. In the middle of the night, honestly you get so hungry and that little bit of food that you have in your bag can just get you to focus and stay awake. Also in some of our hospitals the cafeteria and our Tim Hortons in Canada actually closes. So if you don’t have something, you’re relying on vending machine food, which is no fun. So my routine every night before I have a call shift is to make some lunch. So I have some rice noodles with some vegetables and tuna in it. So you gotta… You know, staying healthy, some protein in there. I’ve got an apple, keep the doctor away. Ehm… I got some nuts, they happen to have already been in the bag, so I figured I’d toss them in and protein bars, because they can fit in my bag and I can have them at a moment’s notice, there isn’t always time. Oh and… Actually making sure I have two spoons. And this might seem very trivial, but if you only bring one Spoon and then you have two meals and you have a dirty spoon for the second meal, it’s just disheartening when you’re already feeling tired, so little things make a big difference to me anyway. Next… Clean pair of scrubs. You never know what’s going to happen. Things can get messy and you know… You don’t want to be stuck in that all night. Also with clothes… I like to have a zip-up, so I can put it on and feel warm and again… Middle of the night. When you get tired, I don’t know about you guys, but I get really cold when I get tired. Next are things that I have with me all the time when I’m in the hospital anyway. So I need my stethoscope of course. Ehm… Gotta have that trusty nametag. I always make sure that I have a good working pen. And actually I spent so long making sure it’s one that has a clip, because then it can fit on my lanyard, so just like this. Honestly that little detail is a lifesaver for me. And then four other kind of mediocre pens, but I’m probably gonna need them. I’ll probably lose three and then someone’s gonna say ”I don’t have a pen!” So at least I can give them one. So I always bring a whole bunch of extra pens. Then the attachment for my brain, so my phone Is recording me right now. So if it wasn’t, I’d be packing that, because that’s a huge resource. I’ll make another video and show you the different apps and stuff that I use on call or during the day. But I also actually keep some hard copies. One, because what if my phone dies? Which I know… Okay, I do bring a charger and a pretty charger. Which is pink, so that I know which one is mine, because there are often a whole bunch in the call rooms and then I know that mine is the pink one. Anyway, so what if I lose this? Or… You know, my phone drops in the toilet or just… spontaneously combusts and I don’t have it anymore. So I’d be freaking out, but I always have these and they’re a life saver for me. One of them is Pocket Medicine. The best thing to do is be able to look things up quickly, because no one really expects you to know everything, but you need to know where to find the information. So this is such a good resource. And my school actually puts out this book, which is actually… It’s also excellent. So I sort of use a combination of the two of them and carry them around with me all the time. Small but mighty, I need to have my lip balm. It gets so dry and I’m always so happy when I’m talking to a patient and not licking my lips, cuz that’s not fun. Then if I actually have a little bit of down time, finger crossed, I’m always hoping for that. Then I like to bring my headphones and listen to a little bit of music if it’s during the day. Maybe sometimes even watch, you know… Five minutes of Netflix. Hasn’t happened in residency yet, I did that in med school a little bit. But it just makes me feel like there is hope that it might happen. So I do pack everything into a big bag, but I also bring this little bag. And this is the one that I carry around on the wards with me, so I can put those books into it, all my pens, a snack, all that kind of stuff. So I have it with me all the time. And I also have this little, little keychain on it. And it was… It was part of our graduation gift from our grad community, so it’s basically a little good luck charm on call. It’s been working for me so far. And of course, can’t forget the pager. So I clip it on, onto my bag. So when I’m walking around with it, it’s on me at all times. And I actually, I clip it on upside down, so that when it actually goes off, I don’t have to turn it around. I can just pick it up and read it like that. So little trip, little tip not trick. Tip or trick. Trip. So there we go. That’s what I bring in a nutshell. So now I just have to pack it all Into my giant black bag. It’s not glamorous, but that’s something that I feel like isn’t gonna get stolen in the hospital. Like, I can wipe it down easily if things get dirty. So this is my call bag, only my call bag. Yeah, so just pack it up. Alright, there we go. My giant bag. Ready to take me through my call shift. And now the best and maybe the most important thing to do in preparation is to actually go and get a really really good night sleep. And make sure to set your alarm, so you actually make it there on time. So wish me luck. Make sure I get through those 26 hours that are coming up and thanks for stopping by. Thanks for watching. Don’t Forget to like the video if you enjoyed it and subscribe to follow all my experiences as a new medical resident.


  1. Emily M
    Emily M July 22, 2017

    Your enthusiasm is so inspiring ๐Ÿ™‚ Can't wait to apply to medical school this cycle!

  2. naomy
    naomy July 22, 2017

    I really liked your video! I'm a medical student in Mexico and I find it very interesting to watch how different and also how similar is the medical experience in other parts of the world. I don't know if the hospital would provide it, but I would take a toothbrush and toothpaste with me for after eating ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Suraya Bhabha
    Suraya Bhabha July 22, 2017

    girl did you pack a toothbrush or did i miss that? don't want to get handover from you in the morning… lol

  4. kitty gamerxoxo
    kitty gamerxoxo July 25, 2017

    keep it up gurll ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  5. Marta Kisiel
    Marta Kisiel July 27, 2017

    I get super cold too! I wear yoga pants under my scrubs ๐Ÿ™‚ Very helpful when running to a code and the poorly fitting scrubs start slipping hahaha.

  6. Namiiiii
    Namiiiii July 28, 2017

    Hi, I have a question!! How old did you enter medical school, and a doctor?

  7. Cee Q
    Cee Q August 6, 2017

    your descriptions about needing a second spoon and the pen with a clip on it. and the "small but mighty" lip balm. so funny!!

  8. sarahem14
    sarahem14 August 16, 2017

    I carry the same stuff while on call haha ! good luck with your residency, dear !

  9. ZoobaAruba
    ZoobaAruba October 3, 2017

    Some of my friends bring their own sheets/blankets when they're on call. I wanted to see if this was a common occurrence internationally, but it seems not! ๐Ÿ˜‚ Best of luck in your residency โค๏ธ

  10. nayif bahalwan
    nayif bahalwan October 13, 2017

    Sydney irl lol ๐Ÿ˜‚

  11. Ryan Oud
    Ryan Oud October 15, 2017

    You want to McMaster? thatโ€™s my dream medical school after Iโ€™m done my bachelors of kinesiology.

  12. Shelbie Wilson
    Shelbie Wilson November 2, 2017

    Are you in Canada ?

  13. Amber Diaz
    Amber Diaz November 7, 2017

    Youโ€™re sooo awesome!!!

  14. Emmi Cristine
    Emmi Cristine November 8, 2017

    I love this channel so much you need merch

  15. KafkameetsPlath
    KafkameetsPlath November 11, 2017

    You are TOO cute!!! Oh my gosh I๏ธ love you!

  16. Leyla Dogan
    Leyla Dogan November 12, 2017

    I love you so much. If I watch you more I'm going to choose medicine๐Ÿ˜‚

  17. Mandy T.
    Mandy T. November 13, 2017

    "Apple to keep the Doctor away" ahhahaha. Lol.

  18. Samtaplet
    Samtaplet November 19, 2017

    Iโ€™m not a doctor but I agree about the scrubs. I was having a severe allergic reaction and what of symptoms was nauseous, needless to say after the nurse giving me the medication wi was supposed to take, I threw up on her. Me being a Canadian I apologized about 100 times. Still feel bad about it.

  19. T L
    T L November 21, 2017

    You may have mentioned this in another video but why do hospitals still use pagers (as opposed to any other consumer or specialty telecom device)? It seems like such an outdated piece of technology for such a critical industry.

  20. Hannah Barnes
    Hannah Barnes November 26, 2017

    I love your videos so much! I'm a nurse in Australia and wanting to go on to do my MD. keep up the posting! Xxxxx

  21. Victoria Caal
    Victoria Caal November 27, 2017

    What kind of shoes do you wear? The purple ones, look so comfy and I've been trying to find shoes that don't hurt like crazy!!!

  22. Julie Oh
    Julie Oh December 11, 2017

    Iโ€™m sorry Iโ€™m new to your channel , but what exactly does a doctor do? And if a doctor were to work in a trauma center what would be different

  23. Tanna I
    Tanna I December 19, 2017

    Love your videos ๐Ÿ’• just wanted to ask what stethoscope do you have?

  24. Shan Lin
    Shan Lin December 20, 2017

    I just found your channel and I love your videos!

  25. Ethereal Life
    Ethereal Life December 25, 2017

    These videos are so entertaining to me! I want to become a doctor so it's fun to see what it's like in the real world.

  26. Nathalia Da
    Nathalia Da December 30, 2017

    what medical school did you go to?

  27. Mayra Aguilar
    Mayra Aguilar January 24, 2018

    So awesome! i just found you and already watched 17 videos in one day, so entertaining ๐Ÿš‘

  28. Emily Gamez
    Emily Gamez January 24, 2018

    You should also bring a small blanket. When you have you have to sleep there.

  29. luluha17
    luluha17 January 25, 2018

    That "more pen" part is so truuuue ๐Ÿ˜‚
    I'm 4th year Pediatric Resident (Finally!) and Everyone makes fun of me during my On-call because I bring a small Travel Suitcase "on Wheels" ๐Ÿ˜… I bring a lot of stuff with me (including a blanket!) just in case something goes wrong..

  30. Emily Johnson
    Emily Johnson February 9, 2018

    Weird question I'm about to go into med school how do you deal with your period

  31. R Bk
    R Bk February 15, 2018

    Thank you SO much this is so useful โค i would add deodorant and toothbrush ๐Ÿ™Š

  32. maya denis
    maya denis February 16, 2018

    Im so obsessed with your vids

  33. Robert Payne
    Robert Payne February 25, 2018

    How many hours of rest do you say you get in that 26 hour shift?

  34. Ream A
    Ream A March 4, 2018

    How do you balance out your social life while being a Medical Resident ?

  35. Catira App
    Catira App March 14, 2018

    Watching ur videos make me feel like i can handle anything after seeing how hard you work at the hospital….โ™ฅ๏ธโ™ฅ๏ธโค๏ธ

  36. Robert Celani
    Robert Celani April 1, 2018

    Hey! ๐Ÿ‘‹ not to be rude, but whereโ€™s your reflex hammer, direct ophthalmoscope, pen light, ruler, eye chart, 128 Hz tuning fork, magnifying glass, etc.? A stethoscope is good but donโ€™t forget the other ways to practice your skill! I donโ€™t know if you donโ€™t carry these things because you have them available while seeing patients, but if not you should definitely think about starting to carry them! Even if nothing is found on exam, it further solidifies the physicians-patient relationship. #bedsidecare #iPatient

  37. Algen Solo
    Algen Solo April 5, 2018

    Yip. There is nothing worse than starving on a night shift and not having something to eat. I also keep granola bars in my lab coat pocket for the times that I cant eat at all. Good ideas though. ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. JosheyG34
    JosheyG34 May 7, 2018

    I did a BSc in Physics decoded I am more interested in medschool. Do you think I could get in? I didn't take any O'Chem but I had a high GPA. Do you think it is possible?

  39. Drew Bonifacio
    Drew Bonifacio June 2, 2018

    Pagers!!! Woah throw back lol. It's 2018, time to upgrade to smart watches or something!

  40. Bridget St
    Bridget St June 7, 2018

    Do you ever feel dirty or like you need a shower after coming home (dirty as in you HAVE to take a shower and change clothes asap after returning home) or after touching things that have been at the hospital?

  41. Mango Madness
    Mango Madness June 19, 2018

    Im 17 rn but im literally been binge watching your videos throughout the night YOUR LITERALLY MY NEW INSPIRATION ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

    BEN_THE_CAT_GUY June 21, 2018

    Donโ€™t worry your phone wonโ€™t spontaneously combust unless itโ€™s a Samsung note 7 but if it is RUN!!!!

  43. Erika Stewart
    Erika Stewart July 3, 2018

    Why donโ€™t they wear white coats? If you are in the ER. Seems uncomfortable to be wearing a purse all day or when you are on call etc

  44. Brad Morrison
    Brad Morrison July 4, 2018

    Youโ€™re awesome haha. Adorable and beautiful as well!

  45. Stina Palm
    Stina Palm August 2, 2018

    In Sweden people working in any kind of care have work clothes (that they leave in a locker in a changing room in the hospital when going home) with at least two BIG pockets on the top and usually big pockets on the trousers as well, where they keep everything (multiple phones, stetoscope, notebook, medical tape, scissor etc). Sometimes some countries seems so old-fashioned. A really postive thing with your working clothes though is that they don't look as formal as the Swedish ones does.

  46. Zaineb EL MOUTASSIM
    Zaineb EL MOUTASSIM September 2, 2018

    Hello Siobhan!
    I really enjoy seeing your videos! You seem genuinely kind and compassionate.
    Warm greetings from Morocco ๐Ÿค—

  47. Leah Jackson
    Leah Jackson September 19, 2018

    do you doctors get cars with lights and sirens on i know some doctors do if they go to an mva or rtc

  48. Seira Hikari
    Seira Hikari September 23, 2018

    Ah! An off brand charger kills your iPhone! They don't work on my iPhone at all anymore.

  49. Michael Moe
    Michael Moe September 26, 2018

    How much stuff for your job do you have to buy?

  50. Jennifer Jiang
    Jennifer Jiang October 11, 2018

    As someone who is often in hospitals, you've given me another perspective on how my doctors and the medical process works. Thank you for that.

  51. DIY with Katniss
    DIY with Katniss October 16, 2018

    Do you choose your scrubs color? Or does hospital tell you what color?

  52. Michael Hogg
    Michael Hogg October 25, 2018

    Couldn't you get a set of Scrubs from the Hospital if you needed them? Have a great day and also that you kick butt on your Tests this weekend!

  53. IT3210
    IT3210 November 18, 2018

    This made me laugh. I thought I was an overthinker and -preparer, but you have me beat. I also recently saw another medical youtuber talk about his kit for call shifts – literally underpants, socks, deodorant, toothpaste + toothbrush. The end. =)

  54. Nat
    Nat November 23, 2018

    the pen on the lanyard is what i do as well !!!! super helpful

  55. Devotions With Jamal Courtney
    Devotions With Jamal Courtney December 3, 2018

    Great video!!!your my motivation.๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฉfrom Grenada….Iโ€™m coming to the USA for college soon.

  56. Tntdruid
    Tntdruid December 6, 2018

    How meny steps do you walk in a day?

  57. scarlett blaze
    scarlett blaze January 9, 2019

    What a smile you've got! โค

  58. Mohamad Merhi
    Mohamad Merhi January 16, 2019

    Why didn't you pack up the violin? ;D

  59. Michael Hansen
    Michael Hansen January 18, 2019

    I've noticed pink charging cords and USB flash sticks are far less likely to be stolen.

  60. Michael Warnick
    Michael Warnick January 20, 2019

    I am only a few videos in to your channel, and I already really enjoy it. I love your enthusiasm and wonderful personality. It also helps that you are also really cute. I also really enjoy your violin intro and I think you should make some more videos of you playing the violin.

  61. Melissa waller rodriguez
    Melissa waller rodriguez February 12, 2019

    i love your name

  62. Simply Kamy
    Simply Kamy February 18, 2019

    just going through all of your videos while I do my homework ^..^ New sub

  63. G. C.
    G. C. February 23, 2019

    The apple joke thing was cute ๐Ÿ˜‚

  64. Kendyl Bobbie
    Kendyl Bobbie March 6, 2019

    Damn so excited to graduate nursing school next year and apply for a doctorate program, I know nurse practitioners have a lot of differences compared to medical doctors but I just canโ€™t wait to be at the same level as you!!!

  65. Alex Cortes
    Alex Cortes March 10, 2019

    I love the way she says bag and tag ….LOVE ITโคโค๐Ÿ’™

  66. victoria davis
    victoria davis March 16, 2019

    Beautiful hair

  67. Ginger Golden
    Ginger Golden March 21, 2019

    Iโ€™m not in the medical field, but I am currently a SAHM, I find that bringing a few sizes of plastic zip top baggies is essential for messes (dirty scrubs), and protection (phone saver) and to keeps things organized! I keep some wipes on hand too, because you never know when youโ€™ll need them! We love your videos! My little boy always asks to watch you. โ˜บ๏ธ

  68. lloyd richards
    lloyd richards April 26, 2019

  69. Shanif Shanu
    Shanif Shanu April 29, 2019

    Watching all of your videos I understood how much you are satisfied and love your job as a doctor you are really a great inspiration………please keep inspiring us

  70. Chidimma Njubigbo
    Chidimma Njubigbo April 30, 2019

    Great video! Can you pleassseee make a video about things you bought before starting residency? I.e new aid books, new medical equipment, a uworld subscription? I start soon and I'm a little confused on how to be prepared as much as possible. Thanks!

  71. youtube youtube
    youtube youtube May 29, 2019

    How about trying one of them 24 Hours MRE Rations !! They sure give soldiers all the necessary nutritions for a day.

  72. C
    C August 8, 2019

    Iโ€™m very intrigued by the facts u brought spoons and not forks

  73. Martha Meigs
    Martha Meigs August 12, 2019

    I thought you would have extra hair ties in your bag

  74. Venessa Plays54
    Venessa Plays54 September 1, 2019

    I horde pens so when I go to the hospital I clean out my pens and give them to the doctors – they all love me for the rest of the night.

    I live about 45 miniutes form you – but some of our local patient transfer companies give out pens with clips on the top so you can clip it on your keys

  75. Anne Booyse
    Anne Booyse September 11, 2019


  76. St3rv1S
    St3rv1S September 23, 2019

    Doctors and relationships. Talk about this subject.

  77. Mystic Paranormal
    Mystic Paranormal September 26, 2019

    You rock! I subbed likes belled and share ur videos. I LOVE how transparent you are just like me! PLEASE check out me on Facebook Facebook dot com slash SHawn Dot Lonkert!!!!! My picture is of an alien! Lol

  78. John Bijani
    John Bijani October 6, 2019

    Hi ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜˜โค๏ธ

  79. alekhya ubbana
    alekhya ubbana October 6, 2019

    Good luck

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