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GIFT GUIDE - SWRO #RadOnc Gift Guide


Do you have a loved one, friend, or family member graduating from medical school and matching into the best specialty there is (radiation oncology)? Or do you know someone who has made it through residency and is soon to be a practicing radiation oncologist? Sure, a nice pen or nameplate is a good gift, but consider something to help your friend RADIATE! 

Pins Galore 

We all love a good pin collection, and these gifts are particularly affordable. First, find out if your pal is a lanyard wearer, and then consider these choices, ranging from cute and fun to sleek and cool.

Rad Girl Creations pins are so cool, with a good mix of cutesy with a kick of sometimes-morbid humor: 

V Coterie: I consider myself a V Coterie lady because I like the sleek look of their pins: 


Stickers are a great gift - they hardly take up any space, and they can be used on all sorts of surfaces, from laptops to tumblers. We LOVE the ones from Fresh Crayons. Not only are the illustrations cool, but they are made by a radiation oncologist! WHAT?!

Cookie Cutters

A shocking number of people who go to medical school have considered quitting and starting a bakery at some point in their life. These cookie cutters are also a cost-effective gift with the perk that you may get cookies in return!  A win-win. 

These cuties are from Bakergology:

Radiation Art

Etsy is a clear winner for finding unique gifts, and this remains true for radiation-themed goodies. See below for perfect gifts for your artsy friends (or for newly graduated residents who need to decorate their offices!) 

Mini Radiation Circuit Board Framed Art: 

Linear Accelerator (LINAC) Patent Print Art 1967: 


Radiation Symbol Radiation Sign 3D Illusion Led Lamp: 


Look, some people have time to read for fun. Most of those people are newly graduated M4s who are trying to distract themselves from the inevitable start of the intern year. If you have an avid reader in your life, or a newly minted grad, consider these books. All of these books can be found on Amazon, but for an extra treat, find a local book shop and add a gift card!  

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a classic, must-read book for any oncologist. 

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is also a must-read for any oncologist (or really any person in medicine and science) to learn about the legacy and ethical missteps at the foundation of cancer research. 

Okay these books are just adorable and had to be included on the list. Baby University Board Book Set: A Science for Toddlers: 

Practical Gifts

I am the type of person who prefers practical gifts because I am boring and don’t like clutter I didn’t buy myself. It is a personal problem and something I am working through. This is how we got to the practical gift section. Every radiation oncologist needs a good mouse, a keyboard (clacky or creamy), a calculator, pens and notebooks. You can't go wrong with pens. 

Just your classic pens, but very aesthetically pleasing: 

I have been told an ergonomic mouse is THE item every radiation oncologist needs, so why not buy one that is easy on the eyes? 

Along similar lines, every radiation oncologist needs a keyboard, and this one is not only beautiful, it also has that satisfying clacky sound. The only caveat to this gift idea is that you have to know if your gift recipient is a clacky or creamy keyboard user. 

Last but not least, when it comes time for those dreaded physics boards, your pal will need a good calculator. Remember those Ti-84s from high school? Well, now, they come in colors!

Now, contouring makes up somewhere between 50-75% of the weekly tasks in our clinic. For contouring at work and at home, your radiation oncologist needs a Wacom tablet. Sure, a black one is sleek and cool, but what about a PISTACHIO Wacom! 


Finally, as my mom always says, don’t forget the card! 

Etsy Rad Onc and other medical specialties cards: 

Bonus Gifts

SWRO Swag - We have included a sample of our logo for custom SWRO gifts. Think mugs, hats, really anything customizable! 


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