Ditto.I did that my 3rd year (when I didn't care anymore).
Patients didn't care.
I think that's the biggest thing, especially outside of residency. You dress based on how you've always done it. You can't go from 10 years shirt and tie to suddenly polo shirts all day every day.In residency, I always wore a shirt and tie to clinic unless I was post-call or something, in which case I was sometimes still in scrubs. I always wore my lab coat, however, so what I had on underneath it didn't matter as much.
Nowadays, I still wear a lab coat every day, and usually wear a shirt and tie. I'll occasionally wear a polo shirt in the summer, but it's rare. I think I look more professional in a tie. My patients have actually come to expect it, especially since I frequently wear bow ties.
Good call. I honestly think doctors are taken more seriously when they dress like doctors rather than Best Buy salespeople.So for the practice I'm joining, I'm going to bop down to Jos. A Bank when they're having their buy 1 get 9 million free sales and pick up some suits/slacks/dress shirts and ties -- I'm going to start wearing more formal clinic attire to shirt/tie/dress shoes/slacks with either a white coat or suit coat (most likely white coat)
That's a Vibram sole. Rockport makes some: http://www.rockport.com/rocsports-lite-business-wingtip/rocsportltbsnwing.htmlI did want to ask, I've seen some wingtips with a thick rubber sole (almost like the old style referee shoes from ages gone by) -- anyone know where to get those -- I really like wingtips but with a leather sole, they're painful after more than 6 hours
Well, I should certainly hope so...Also tend to wear a zip up hoodie too...I'm sure I'll get chastised for that by some
Nothing wrong with raising the bar, though.It does depend on the culture of the residency/workplace.
I got in trouble for sporting scrubs one day. It didnt come from nursing, faculty, or the patient, though.Most days I'll wear a polo or a button up short sleeved with khakhis and brown leather shoes. No ties. Occasionally I'll do scrubs and a white coat. Patients really don't care at all. I get far more feedback for taking time and actually listening to my patients and translating medical jargin in to English than I ever do for my dress code.
BD -- thanks for the link -- that's not quite what I'm referring to but close -- The one's I saw were supposedly from Merrell's -- an administrative RN had them on with a set of slacks/sportcoat and they looked really nice -- had a 1/2 to 1 inch black "foam" sole that didn't look like a clown shoe a la Johnston & Murphy (they have a set of wingtips with a white or orange or green foam sole) -- I went to the local Merrell's where the RN indicated they were and no joy on the shoes -- But hey, I'll try the Rockports ---Good call. I honestly think doctors are taken more seriously when they dress like doctors rather than Best Buy salespeople.
That's a Vibram sole. Rockport makes some: http://www.rockport.com/rocsports-lite-business-wingtip/rocsportltbsnwing.html
My personal preference is block print, for legibility. That's what I used as a resident. Color is a personal thing, and I've tended to favor blue or green. That being said, our current linen service did all of mine in script (I wasn't given a choice), in our "corporate" teal color (which is fine).So our local Majors Medical Books was having a "going out of business" sale -- really just going to an online store -- and I grabbed a labcoat for $17 --
Recognizing this is personal preference -- any thoughts on thread color/letter style for name/creds on the jacket? I'm just used to block/dark blue as I have trouble reading cursive ---
See now that's odd. Since I ditched my white coat in favor of a long-sleeved oxford style shirt (usually in some form of plaid-ish), I've gotten a very favorable response from patients. Anecdotes and all that, I know, but still.The evidence for a preference for professional attire by patients is fairly substantial:
http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/7/1073.full Not 100% but pretty convincing. Convincing enough for the UK to adopt a no whitecoat policy... Just seems to make sense to me that a sleeve could harbor some bad stuff....and how often to people actually wash their ties? I know mine are dry cleaned MAYBE once the entire time I own it... (Too costly to do at any regularity, been toying with the idea of starting a tie cleaning mail service)That's because no study has ever demonstrated any link to disease transmission. The most important thing is hand washing.
If by convincing you mean not at all convincing, then yes I agree.http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/50/7/1073.full Not 100% but pretty convincing. Convincing enough for the UK to adopt a no whitecoat policy... Just seems to make sense to me that a sleeve could harbor some bad stuff....and how often to people actually wash their ties? I know mine are dry cleaned MAYBE once the entire time I own it... (Too costly to do at any regularity, been toying with the idea of starting a tie cleaning mail service)
I grab my lab coat and wear/touch it almost daily and let it go months without going to the dry cleaners -- the grocery cart? No -- not until I've wiped it down with the antibacterial wipes provided by the grocery store --- the little mobile petri dishes that sit near where I put my hands are not necessarily the cleanest little munchkins and all you have to do is buy a coke and sit quietly in the cafeteria area of the local grocery store and people watch -- you'll want to do a dance in a Lysol spray before you get into your car to go home from the grocery store after that -- and that's in the good part of town --- but you know this ----For what it is worth: I don't see any difference wearing a lab coat everyday to touching the cart at the grocery store. I suspect the cart has more germs. Just like the lady asking me if her her 6 month old would catch and ear infection from the 2 yr old. Um no. Bacteria are going to target who are vulnerable. It just the world we live in.