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    • Top Ten Gifts for Doctors

      Whether it's a holiday, medical school graduation, or simply a way to say thank you, finding a gift for the doctor in your life can be a challenging prospect. For many, the first ideas that come to mind are typical office equipment - paperweights, bookends, desk organizers, and keepsake boxes. While any gift is a meaningful gesture, we wanted to go a step further, from the ordinary to the extraordinary. If you're looking for the perfect, high-end gift for a discerning and stylish medical professional, look no further. Here are the top ten luxury gifts for doctors.

      1. Personalized Medelita Lab Coat

      When you give a Medelita lab coat as a gift, you're giving more than an object, more than a simple garment. From classic to dental-specific and iPad-compatible styles, Medelita lab coats are gift of pride - helping to transform an often uncomfortable and shapeless uniform into a source of confidence and sophistication. Certified performance fabric by DuPont repels fluid, soil and stains - including blood - for over 50 washings, maintaining a bright white lab coat that signifies prestige and professionalism. As with all Medelita products, these garments feature gender-specific styles and can be personalized with custom logo and name & title embroidery.

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      2. Italian Leather Physician Bag from Boconi

      The physician bag is a classic accessory for a medical professional. Vintage diesel washed leather style matched with unprecented quality, BOCONI leather physician bags are made from full-grain Italian leather with durable canvas and antique brass hardware.

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      3. Presso Non-Electric Espresso Machine

      Late shifts and busy days usually mean that coffee is a doctor's best friend. For the coffee connoisseur with discerning taste, Presso is a beautiful, functional and environmentally friendly product that makes rich, full-bodied espresso. No fuss. No complicated preparation. All a doctor will need to make delicious espresso, when at home or at work, is hot water – no electricity required.

      4. Intelliskin Performance Shirt

      All those hours standing in the operating room can put quite a strain on the back - Intelliskin is the solution. The IntelliSkin shirt is scientifically designed to retrain the body to achieve optimal muscular balance and function through proper alignment and quality of movement. Created by sports medicine expert and accomplished athlete, Dr. Tim Brown, IntelliSkin products incorporate advanced sports science, medical research and design and construction to naturally trigger an instant, predictable sensorimotor response. Positive results are nearly 100% predictable, which is why IntelliSkin is the intelligent second skin recommended by leading health professionals and elite athletes worldwide.

      5. Sanita Clogs

      Medical professionals spend a lot of time on their feet, so a pair of quality shoes is an ideal gift. For the past century, Sanita has upheld a tradition of craftsmanship, quality, and caring by handcrafting every clog. In Sanita clogs, every step taken at work is easier because of an inclined forefoot section and anatomical foot bed - essential to those working in medical and dental fields. Awarded the "Seal of Acceptance" by the APMA (American Podiatric Medical Association), the premium leather and padded instep of Sanita clogs offers all-day comfort for physicians, surgeons, veterinarians and dentists - virtually anyone in healthcare.

      Browse Sanita Clogs

      6. Custom Wedge from Scratch Golf

      For the medical professional that loves to relax on the golf course, Scratch Golf in an industry leader in award-winning custom irons and wedges. The only company to specialize in fitting the sole grind (the part of the club that interacts with the turf at impact) of a golf club, every Scratch wedge is handmade and matched to a player's style of swing.

      7. Medelita Scrub Set

      Far from the boxy, unisex scrubs prevalent in the industry, Medelita scrubs are functional, professional, and perfectly matched to the task at hand. Medelita scrubs are made with a high-performance drirelease® with FreshGuard® fabric. This means that the fabric itself is moisture-wicking, quick drying, and soft. Drirelease® yarns pull moisture away from the skin and help to regulate skin temperature, minimizing sweat and discomfort. FreshGuard® is bacteriostatic; it neutralizes and inhibits the growth of bacterial odors. As with all Medelita products, these garments feature gender-specific styles and can be personalized with custom logo and name & title embroidery.

      Browse Medelita Scrubs

      8. Personalized iPad Cover from DodoCase

      iPads are becoming essential in the medical field. The Rolls Royce of iPad cases, a Dodocase is a handmade iPad case inspired by the journals of popular artists. Made in San Francisco, California using traditional book binding techniques, the DODOcase brings a classic look to protecting your iPad - and can even be personalized as a special touch.

      9. Pen from Montblanc

      Every doctor needs a pen, and with Montblanc, they can write those prescriptions in style. Montblanc, synonymous for the very highest writing culture for the past 100 years, has followed lasting values such as quality and traditional craftsmanship. Its uncompromising demands of shape, style, materials, and workmanship have been reflected in its products, ranging from luxury ballpoint and fountain tip pens to mechanical pencils.

      10. Shirt from Ledbury

      For a professional male doctor, a Ledbury shirt is a classic touch of tailoring to wear beneath his lab coat. A maker of high quality men's dress shirts, Ledbury is building a brand based on the core value of great fit and superb quality. Ledbury shirts feature an Angle-American collar that won't collapse, an ideal V cut at the neckline, the finest italian woven fabrics, a better fit, mother-of-pearl buttons, and a high stitch count - all of which are hallmarks of a high quality shirt.

    • Bulk Lab Coats, Scrubs, and Uniforms

      This week we will be launching our "hospital referral" program, where we will be asking our colleagues and customers in medicine if they ever thought about the possibility that Medelita could be a uniform supplier for their organization.

      In our experience, we have found several large locations where there might be different clusters of physicians and clinicians working in separate departments that are all long-time Medelita customers paying full price every time.
      We'd like to go a step further and provide a very simple and quick way to refer us to your purchasing manager or department chair so that we can discuss a better deal for everyone. Most fields are optional and you can even choose to remain completely anonymous.

      The form can be found by going to this page: https://www.medelita.com/medelita-procurement.html

      Have questions?

      Contact us at contact.us@medelita.com or 877.987.7979 or browse through some of the FAQs below:

      Question: How would My hospital or group afford to pay for this?
      Answer: If you have multiple colleagues who endorse our products and we can work with larger quantities, then pricing becomes very advantageous - especially when consider the quality of our products.

      Question: What is the pricing?
      Answer: Starts at 10 units with a 15% discount (a scrub set is considered one unit) and goes up to 40% off for quantities 500 units or more. This is all built into the website - just add products to your cart and it automatically provides the discount. You can even receive the benefits of complimentary shipping and name & title embroidery.

      Question: Are there additional bulk discounts?
      Answer: Yes. We offer bulk pricing (AKA a Medelita 'reset') which starts at 1,500 units.

      Question: Do you offer ongoing support of uniform programs?
      Answer: Yes. Medelita will host and support a “private store” for your large group or hospital where all the variables are preset by the administration. Using this technology we are able to solve multiple challenges plaguing existing uniform programs by making ordering easy and ensuring fast delivery of personalized garments to your facility. A Medelita private store supports consistency of product and consistency of embroidery which standardizes and upgrades everyone's appearance.

    • A Poem For Blue

      This year's TheRightFit H.E.R.O. Honorarium Recipient, pediatric neurology resident Dr. Jon Santoro, recently published a new poem in the Journal of Palliative & Supportive Care that offers a colorful and remarkably personal take on an otherwise sterile patient discussion.  Read the original printed here: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9785655


      Poetry/fiction, A Poem For Blue, Shared with permission from Dr. Jonathan D Santoro.

    • More Than Skin Deep // Dermatology’s Erin Jensen

      We sat down with Dermatology P.A., Erin Jensen, to get an inside look at her specialty. Working out of her office in the beautiful and sunny region of Southern California, Jensen explains her dream career and why she chose to pursue it.


      It is so rewarding to see someone with severe acne or horrible scarring improve with treatment and witness them come out of his or her shell.

      Why Derm?

      I love performing procedures as well as the one-on-one interactions with patients. I knew I wanted to be in an office setting. My background prior to P.A. school was orthopedics, so that was a contender, but after I finished my Dermatology rotation there was no question this was the speciality for me. I enjoy being able to see patients of all ages as well as practicing both medical and cosmetic dermatology.

      An Emotional Case

      I had seen this one patient for about two years with her son, who was being treated for acne, and had gotten to know her very well. One day she came in for a severe rash that had caused large violaceous nodules to form on her body. After several biopsies, I discovered it to be Lymphatoid Papalomatoais; a relatively rare condition, which has an increased risk of lymphoma. Informing the patient of this news and the necessity of an oncology work up was heartbreaking because I knew that her husband had been undergoing treatments for kidney cancer. Throughout this whole process she was always positive and so gracious. Luckily, her oncology work up was clear and we've been able to control her condition with medication. While this patient has thanked me many times for my care, she is the one who has provided me more insight into life and inspiration than I think I could ever convey to her.

      Life Outside of the Office

      If you happen to get a hold of my phone, don't be alarmed to see lots of picture of body parts in my photo album. I always have some friend or family member sending me pictures of their rashes or other skin conditions for advice. My husband doesn't bat an eye anymore, when he sees something that at first glance appears to be risqué on the screen. I love my profession so much and couldn't imagine doing anything else. I am married with two small children and a third one on the way. I constantly strive for that "balance," but have a hard time believing it truly exists. I've made decisions to try to allow the most time with my family, including living only ten minutes from my work, picking up my daughter from preschool at my lunch break, and trying to schedule patients so I'm able to attend their doctor appointments, sporting practices, etc.

      The Best of Both Worlds

      I love the variety my day brings and no two days are ever the same. I practice both medical and cosmetic dermatology and am able to do a lot of different procedures.  Everything from removing moles, I&Ds, injections, liquid nitrogen treatments, laser treatments, minor surgeries, Botox, fillers, etc.  Many dermatologic conditions can be devastating to a patient's life and self-esteem. It is so rewarding to see someone with severe acne or horrible scarring improve with treatment and witness them come out of his or her shell. I have especially seen a huge transformation with teenagers. During an initial visit,they may hardly look you in the eye, but after treatment, when their completion has cleared, they are all smiles.

      Dermatology + Medicine

      I love Dermatology, but I really love being able to practice medicine as a Physician Assistant. I know that I am able to make a difference in my patient's lives and spend that extra time with them that they need. I enjoy working in the team model of medicine and work with some great physicians who always support me in what I do. Public knowledge about the PA profession has greatly increased since I started PA school a decade ago. Patients are much more comfortable to see a PA when they understand their capabilities. I believe mid-level providers will be an integral part of health care reform. I feel very fortunate to be able to love what I do every day.

      Jensen is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, which is the largest, most influential and most representative group of dermatologists in the United States. For more information on AAD, please visit: https://www.aad.org/

    • Artist Showcase: Embroidery Artist, David Saldana

      Embroidery on a lab coat or set of scrubs holds more significance than many may realize.  A name and title is comparable to a medical school diploma and a logo represents the lengthy and arduous journey a medical professional takes to get to his or her desired career.  For those two reasons alone, embroidery should be treated as an art.  At Medelita, we are fortunate enough to have artist, David Saldana, personally work on each lab coat or scrub embroidery to ensure its perfection down to the stitch.


      "I always try to give our embroidered logos depth, by playing with different angles and stitch types to make the light dance off of the many angles."

      Embroidery At A Glance

      The embroidery process is not as easy as one might observe at a small shop where you provide an article of clothing and the shop pops out a customized piece within minutes in front of your eyes.  As quality would prove, there are several steps, with the first being digitization.  This can take anywhere from ten minutes to two days.  Digitization is not complete until Saldana deems the art and/or text exceptional.  Saldana explains Medelita’s embroidery process: “I treat it as piece of art. I could take the easy way out, trace everything, and lay the thread flat in a single direction, but that makes the embroidery lifeless and boring.  I always try to give our embroidered logos depth, by playing with different angles and stitch types to make the light dance off of the many angles.  When you move, while looking at the embroidery, the logo also moves.  It provides a three dimensional effect.”

      A Passion Found

      Saldana describe his job as a necessity. “When I first began, I solely ran the embroidery machines at a clothing establishment and we outsourced the digitizing. The original company that handled our digitizing went out of business.  One day, an Embroidery Tech came to fix one of our machines and asked if wanted to learn how to digitize.  I was ready to go!  My boss purchased the software and four hours of training later I knew the basics.  I was hooked and never looked back.  To date, I’ve been embroidering for 12 years and digitizing for 11 years.”  Possessing an artisan’s mind set made it easy for Saldana to want to learn everything behind the craft.  His need for creativity and attention to detail fueled this passion.

      Saldana adds, “I think embroidery is a lost art. Just like anything these days, the market is flooded with a bunch of below average craftsmanship. I have always prided myself on providing the best product possible. As I learned to digitize, people always told me that certain effects or styles of art couldn’t be replicated with a piece of thread, I respond with ‘Challenge Accepted.’ I love what I do and always try to better my craft...especially when somebody says it can’t be done. Our lab coats and scrubs are my canvases and the spools of thread are my paint.”

      To learn more about Medelita’s custom embroidery click here: https://www.medelita.com/embroidery.html

    • Medelita Giveaway: Group Makeover

      10 free sets of scrubs and 10 free sets of lab coats

      Tired of your drab and unflattering unisex medical uniforms? Medelita is holding a social media contest that might help you out!



      We are giving away ten sets of Modern Fit Scrubs and ten M3 Lab Coats of any style we have in stock with personalized name, title, and logo embroidery to one lucky group of medical professionals.

      To submit an entry for your office, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, then explain why you have the absolute worst uniforms with a simple tweet to @medelita or Instagram picture + caption to @medelita_gram and hashtag #helpusmedelita.

      Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 PM PST on July 24th.

    • A Woman In Surgery: Challenge Accepted

      As a part time waitress in medical school, Sarah Bryczkowski did not know what her future would hold.  What she did know was that her career pursuit was strong and her determination to be a surgeon was at an all time high.  “I chose surgery because I love being in the operating room. I love fixing things. I love challenges. I find that I work best under pressure,” she explains. She packed her days with fundraisers for the alumni scholarship committee, served on the curriculum committee, and donated time as the pharmacist at the student run clinic in New Jersey.

      Family First

      At the time it was common for women to sacrifice daily aspects of a "typical" family life during their first years in medicine, but Sarah refused to let that stop her from starting one of her own. She met her husband in a study group, got married, and had her first of two children all before interviewing for a career in general surgery. “Soon after my first surgical rotation, I became pregnant with my first child. I went on to do rotations in the trauma intensive care unit, colorectal surgery and pediatric surgery, all while VERY pregnant. There was not one person who tried to dissuade me from pursuing my goal of becoming a surgeon. After delivery I chose to breastfeed and again was met with compassion and understanding when I needed to take breaks every 6 hours.”

      "Traditionally surgery was an all boys club, but in my experience it has become female friendly."

      Fast forward to present day and Sarah Bryczkowski is a member of the Association of Women Surgeons and small population of female surgeons in the United States.  With this profession comes hardships that she faces on the daily.  She explains, “Being a woman in surgery has a unique set of challenges including pay inequality, under-representation in leadership roles, and managing work-life balance.”

      Closing The Gender Gap

      However, as the industry modernizes, she notes, “Traditionally surgery was an all boys club, but in my experience it has become female friendly. I always thought about being a surgeon, but it wasn't until I went through my surgery clerkships in medical school where my mind was truly made up. While the days were long and filled with operative cases, I quickly realized that so much more happened behind the scenes. There were pre-rounds, where students and residents checked on patients; the running of the list, where we shared updates with the teams; then attending rounds where we learned from the pros; and then work-rounds, where we went back and removed drains, staples and stitches, re-ordered medications, and discharges patients. There is so much to be done in a surgical residency, which requires multitasking. It seemed like the perfect job for me with my experience in waitressing. Sixteen hour days flew by. We helped so many people. We fixed things. I felt no sense of discrimination from any of my male or female colleagues in surgery.”

      Having conquered several obstacles and hurdles, not solely due to her being a female in the medical field, but also being a parent in the medical field, she leaves us with the advice that, “the key to success is to have a good support network, a lot of help, and occasionally make sacrifices.”

    • Issue Overlooked: Human Trafficking

      It all began with a single female juvenile patient.  Dr. Kanani Titchen examined the young girl and noticed a somewhat alarming tattoo that seemed to brand the patient as a “For Sale” item. The patient left the hospital and concerns began to flood Dr. Titchen’s mind.

      She immediately set off to research sex trafficking in the United States.  To her dismay, Dr. Titchen  stumbled upon a shocking statistic: 100,000 children are trafficked every year in the United States.  Some of the victims are as young as seven years old and 50% of those infected with HIV in the U.S. range between the ages of 15-24 years old. This inspired the creation of P.A.T.H., Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans.

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      As the President of the American Medical Women’s Association (A.M.W.A.), Dr. Titchen had a lot of support from her colleagues to develop the organization and generate awareness.  The goal was to create a program that would educate physicians about how to detect victims of sex trafficking, screen them, and prevent future cases.

      Dr. Titchen explains, “Several women, including myself, have been subject to various types of sexual harassment, discrimination, and unwanted sexual attention.  So, I think to varying degrees, many girls and women can identify with these kids.  Further, I think that many men have been put in positions where they feel powerless to change the world around them; in this sense, I think many men can identify with and sympathize with these kids, too.  Most people don't like to be victimized and controlled.  Freedom is such a fundamental value of Americans.  It's an atrocity that sex trafficking occurs in such large numbers and in broad daylight in our very own backyards.  So I think we each have a call to action to help our neighbors and kids.”

      Dr. Kanani Titchen is currently a physician at Jefferson/AI duPont Hospital for Children. She was the 2014 The Right Fit H.E.R.O. honoree and currently serves as a Medelita H.I.P. Ambassador. Her passion lies in helping people who cannot advocate for themselves; pediatrics is therefore a natural fit for her.
      To learn more about P.A.T.H., please visit: http://www.doc-path.org/path
    • The Gift of Honor

      As Medelita founder and designer, Lara Francisco, raked through the racks and piles of lab coats in a small medical apparel shop in Queens, New York, she found herself feeling oddly discouraged after she had accomplished the major feat of going through years of medical school to become an ER Physician Assistant.  The paper thin, boxy, and unisex lab coats were uninspiring and made her feel less distinguished than she imagined.


      As a female in the medical field, Lara found that it was a daily challenge to feel confident while wearing identical garments as her male colleagues.  That is when she set out to evolve women’s medical uniforms by creating a gender specific line of lab coats and scrubs.  She wanted her colleagues to feel equally dignified by catering to not only both genders, but also varying body types, which was the impetus for  the first lab coat constructed just for women: The Callia.  For Lara, this was not a business venture. This was a way of providing a much needed service  to the hard working female colleagues in her profession.

      The progression from a sole female line to two full lines of lab coats and scrubs for both men and women stemmed from Lara’s personal experiences in the field.  She explains, “We understand our customers on an entirely different basis because I was in their shoes for nearly a decade.  Knowing what it’s like to have to wear the same thing every day and struggle with the same discomfort and lack of confidence in what I was wearing made it absolutely necessary to find a way to resolve the issue.  I know what positions cause discomfort in a lab coat or how a set of scrubs can feel grimy after a long shift.  It was my goal to make an impact in the way we celebrate receiving that long awaited title.  Physicians, clinicians, surgeons, and every kind of specialist shouldn’t have to settle for anything less.”

    • Website Re-Design of the Year

      Internet Retailer has nominated Medelita as a top four finalist for the Web Re-design of the Year award.  We are extremely excited, as this recognizes the many wonderful and hard working people, who have dedicated an immense amount of time to improve our website not just aesthetically, but also functionally.  It is always our goal to make the customer shopping experience up to date and effortless.  We are extraordinarily grateful for the team of incredible individuals that have assisted in getting our website in top shape.


      It is an honor to be nominated alongside some amazing retailers: Sunglass Hut, Signature Hardware, and The New York Times Store.  Join us in Chicago, IL at the 2015 Internet Retailer Excellence Awards at IRCE, where a winner will be awarded.  For info, visit: https://awards.internetretailer.com/2015/awards-finalists/.

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