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Do DOs really have to wear different colored scrubs than MDs?

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  1. boltedbicorne

    boltedbicorne Banned Banned

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    I was volunteering with a bunch of doctors in surgery today, and there were a few anesthesiologists. The one which was a DO wore a ghastly looking gray set of scrubs, while the MDs were all wearing cool blue colored scrubs. Is it normal for DOs to have to wear gray scrubs? If that's some sort of requirement for DOs I don't think I could ever get behind it, though DOs are still cool and awesome if that's the case, just not in scrub fashion sense.
     
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  3. mcloaf

    mcloaf 5+ Year Member

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  4. mimelim

    mimelim Vascular Surgery Rocket Scientist Physician 5+ Year Member

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    We make ours wear pointy red hats that say DO in huge white letters as soon as they enter the hospital.

    Kinda like this:
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    Except that we add an extra O.
     
  5. DokterMom

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  6. Goro

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    C'mon bicorne, you can do better than that.

    But if you insist, the answer is NO.
     
  7. boltedbicorne

    boltedbicorne Banned Banned

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    lol, what do gray scrubs mean? I have to admit this was the first time I've seen/noticed a doctor was a DO, and even though they can probably wear blue too, it just seemed like too much of a coincidence that the only person who was DO happened to be wearing totally different colored scrubs.
     
  8. Goro

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    I've seen scrubs in light and navy blue, maroon, and the classic pea green. So write it down to either color blindness in the wearer, or personal choice.

    More color choices here.

    https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=scrubs&tbm=shop

     
  9. Judson

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    I'm gonna wear spongebob scrubs LIKE A CHAMP

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  10. Ismet

    Ismet PGY-fun! Administrator Physician 5+ Year Member

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    They don't mean anything. Some hospitals have different colored scrubs for different services, some have different colored scrubs for different jobs, i.e. the CNAs in my school's hospital system wear green scrubs, respiratory therapists wear navy scrubs, etc.

    It was a coincidence that the person wearing a different color of scrubs was the only DO. Stop reading into things.
     
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  11. Winged Scapula

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    No it was a coincidence.

    One of my hospitals has multiple different colored scrubs, usually dark blue in the main ORs and green in the surgery center; different laundry supplier contract. It's not unusual for anesthesia and I to wear different colors, to change back and forth depending on the case. It has nothing to do with the degree. That's ridiculous.
     
  12. Catalystik

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    Me, too. After I got done with a LOL.
     
  13. Winged Scapula

    Winged Scapula Cougariffic! Staff Member Chief Administrator Administrator Physician Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 15+ Year Member

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    Are you pre med or a nursing student?

    Nurses wear printed scrubs (they also don't tuck them in).
     
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  14. Mr Roboto

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    Leaving scrub tops untucked is a nursing thing?

     
  15. Winged Scapula

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    Yep.

    A loose scrub top can "dangle" and contaminate a sterile field or wound.
    Traditional med school teaching.

    If you want to be very particular, the pant ties are supposed to be tucked in.
     
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  16. Boolean

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    Every physician I've dealt with tucks their scrubs. Perhaps it's a bit old fashioned, but there are some legitimate reasons behind it (for instance, in surgery, in ED, etc)
     
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  17. DoctorSynthesis

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    OP its true DOs have to wear inferior grey scrubs. However the AOA was discussing with the AMA about a possible scrub merger. However at the current time the scrubs colors differiante between MDs and DOs.

    Best bet would be to go to an MD school so you don't have to wear inferior scrubs.

    For the love of god don't go to a DO school. Honestly wtf. What sane person has this kinda thing cross their minds.
     
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  18. drcrispmd

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    I never one tucked my scrub top during the entire residency and neither did most of the other residents.
     
  19. gyngyn

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    Strange. What region?
     
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    I think it's more about specialty than region as he's FM.

    But yes very strange in our world and I still venture a good way to differentiate Btwn nurses and physicians.
     
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  21. DermViser

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    Seriously, stop trolling.
     
  22. DermViser

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    Except that's a nursing scrub top.
     
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    Was this part of the famed FM mullet?
     
  24. WillburCobb

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    That's falling on deaf ears, boltedbicorne is Mrh125 under a different handle
     
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  25. PlasticBag

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    In the UK doctors wear their scrubs untucked. Tucking them doesn't look cool, so I hear
     
  26. Mr Roboto

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    That makes sense, thanks.

     
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  27. Ismet

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    Those UK doctors, so hip. :p
     
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  28. optimistic3

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    Thank you for that laugh :laugh:
     
  29. EMDO2018

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    I don't know
    lol
     
  30. boltedbicorne

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    dude, the more you think about this question the more hilarious it is
     
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  31. Plecopotamus

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    Not at all. Nurses in fields where it matters (e.g. look at your nurses in labor & delivery), b/c they'll get dirty or need to worry about sterility as well often keep them tucked in, too. Docs who aren't wearing them for sterility (the majority of non surgical residents wear them on overnight & weekend call) often don't tuck in, and may even <gasp> wear "nursing" scrubs. My mother is an attending who has worn the latter for the past 20 years after getting her dress clothes mucked up by ultrasound gel too often. Obviously she wears greens when in OR, but she & I both prefer these illegitimate non-doctoring scrubs for comfort/fit under the circumstances explained. To get standard issue scrubs that fit my boobs, I have to go up to such a size that the rest is baggy--neither OR appropriate nor comfortable.

    I have not yet found my "nursing" scrubs to impair my brain or hinder my practiceof non-surgical medicine. I may get asked if i'm a nurse a bit more frequently, but it's worth it to feel more confident when I walk into a room than I would in scrubs that make me look like a child playing dress up.
     
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  32. SkipJunior

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    I seem to be a troll repellent. Whenever I enter a thread, the trolls seem to run away. I still remember mrh125's reaction to my presence...he was actually scared of me. Very strange.

    I think a bit of trolling is good for the soul and if it makes people laugh and brings a smile to their face, then is it really trolling? Of course, in SDN, for every troll, you have a 1000 troll hunters who will keep saying "troll troll" if nothing but to improve their low self esteem and their personal insecurities.
     
  33. Hospitalized

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    Attending's can wear whatever they want in the hospital I work at. Some of the late 30's/early 40's ER physicians wear plaid shirts + outdoor/hiking pants, some wear the hospital scrubs, some wear their own scrubs. In surgery it seems that all wear a new set of hospital scrubs every day. Dress code definitely varies by specialty, not by your suffix.
     
  34. boltedbicorne

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    riveting tale chap
     
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  35. SkipJunior

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    see, I like the fact that you posted that. I find it funny. I don't care if you're a troll or not. I'm on your side, buddy.
     
  36. Fargofargo

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    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA
     
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  37. orangetea

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    wait DOs can wear scrubs???
     
  38. SkipJunior

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    wait trolls can wear scrubs?
     
  39. Danbo1957

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    At our shop gray scrubs are worn by orderlies, butt ugly when they've been washed a hundred times. Actually, years-ago when we went color coded there was considerable rancor over which service wore which color. Nurses got navy. IM got royal blue, of course.

    At some places they still have to earn that stripe:

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  40. RogueUnicorn

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    gotta tuck scrubs when you have pagers
     
  41. Mr Roboto

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    A few attending hospitalists wear scrub tops tucked into khakis.

    This is the hospital where fashion comes to die.
     
  42. TooMuchResearch

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    It actually works with them untucked.
     
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  43. Plecopotamus

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    sadly, my patient died last night, b/c I couldn't hear my pager when the unique fabric of my untucked "nursing" scrubs dampened the piercing blare. The mere wearing of these scrubs also rendered me deaf to the overhead Code Blue sequela of my non-response.
     
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  44. mmmcdowe

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    My pager can probably be heard all the way back at the scrubs factory that made the ones I'm wearing.
     
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  45. SouthernSurgeon

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    Time for mrh125 to get banned again?
     
  46. orangetea

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    I actually was not trolling.. but trying to identify a HUGE misconception through humor. Sorry if you got offended.

    I just think the MD/DO stigma is beyond ridiculous to me.. If someone is going into the field just to say he/she is an MD.. then I am really worried for the future of healthcare.
     
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  47. Straw Hat

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    Nursing scrub tops often have functional pockets at the bottom front which would probably make tucking them pointless. Mine don't but I don't think I'd consider tucking them anyways. I've noticed a variety of doctors in various specialties go tucked or untucked. Who cares as long as they are comfortable and competent.
     
  48. username456789

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    See @Winged Scapula, this is the kind of thing I was talking about.
     
  49. Annabell Lee

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    Where did you find this glorious thing? It's beautiful. I must have it.

    TIL why doctors tuck their scrubs in! That actually makes sense. If it's a contamination issue why aren't tucked scrubs the norm, or even required, for all staff?
     
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    if they want scrubs tucked in they should just make scrubs a one piece full body outfit, then nobody would have to go through the hassle of tucking.
     
  51. QofQuimica

    QofQuimica Seriously, dude, I think you're overreacting.... Administrator Physician PhD Faculty Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

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    I do not and have never tucked in my scrubs, including when I was on my surgery or ICU rotations during training. In the OR, you're wearing a sterile gown over the scrubs anyway, so it's not like your scrub top is going to accidentally fall into the open field! Maybe it is a regional/hospital culture thing as well as a specialty culture thing.

    No way. I (and every other female here) do not want to have to get completely undressed every time I need to take a pee.
     

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