1. A quick reference book.
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
3. A pen light
4. Knee hammer
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.