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I've been asked to buy a stethoscope for medical school, however I'm unsure whether or not there are do's and don'ts. Are some colours regarded as less professional, or am I thinking about it too deeply?

This is the one i've been thinking of buying:

https://www.medisave.co.uk/littmann-...erry-5862.html

(The Littmann Classic III has been recommended to me by the school)

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!
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Think I got the littman classic II, from what I remember I think that's what a lot of others did as well. By the sounds of it, its a good general/starting one, but the III may be better for paediatric patients
https://stethoscopes.ninja/littmann-...-ii-se-review/
https://stethoscopes.ninja/littmann-stethoscopes/ (3 is near the bottom of the page)

Wouldn't about the colour, just pick one you like
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Makes no difference, get any colour you like. Get one with a bell and a diaphragm though because you’re likely to get OSCE makes for switching sides during an exam and you can’t do that visibly on the fancier ones that you convert from bell to diaphragm by pushing a bit harder.
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That's great-thank you!
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Makes no difference, get any colour you like. Get one with a bell and a diaphragm though because you’re likely to get OSCE makes for switching sides during an exam and you can’t do that visibly on the fancier ones that you convert from bell to diaphragm by pushing a bit harder.
Although in theory you'd hope the examiners would realise that (although that may be an ambitious assumption).
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(Original post by GeorgiaMont)
I've been asked to buy a stethoscope for medical school, however I'm unsure whether or not there are do's and don'ts. Are some colours regarded as less professional, or am I thinking about it too deeply?

This is the one i've been thinking of buying:

https://www.medisave.co.uk/littmann-...erry-5862.html

(The Littmann Classic III has been recommended to me by the school)

Any thoughts are greatly appreciated!
Yes, the Littmann Classic (I had the II) would be good enough.

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Although in theory you'd hope the examiners would realise that (although that may be an ambitious assumption).
Well in some of our (medical school) OSCEs the mark scheme has clearly stated this. Also in MRCP PACES it is expected that you switch round for listening to certain areas.
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Well in some of our (medical school) OSCEs the mark scheme has clearly stated this. Also in MRCP PACES it is expected that you switch round for listening to certain areas.
Then the markscheme needs updated to reflect the fact that not all stethoscopes work like that. I've examined in med school OSCEs and obviously wouldn't fault a candidate with eg a master cardiology stethoscope for not turning around the chestpiece (because it's physically impossible).
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Then the markscheme needs updated to reflect the fact that not all stethoscopes work like that. I've examined in med school OSCEs and obviously wouldn't fault a candidate with eg a master cardiology stethoscope for not turning around the chestpiece (because it's physically impossible).
Absolutely - it does say on there if the candidate's stethoscope has it then they should do it. It would make no sense that people are faulted because their equipment is different would it.
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Absolutely - it does say on there if the candidate's stethoscope has it then they should do it. It would make no sense that people are faulted because their equipment is different would it.
Ah right, yeah that makes much more sense.
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Maaaan, as a prospective medical student, I'm pretty hyped to get my own stethoscope. But firstly I need to get into med school first!
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I guess a Littmann of any type will do as they are a premium make. I always wondered why the cheap brands have two pipes going from the earpieces to the bell. Seems more material but cheaper price.
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Just shake the patient and clutch him to the side of your head, lol
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