Ice-1 said:Med schools usually issue their students white coats, and sometimes even have a white coat ceremony for that. Students typically wear whatever the school gave them. Some schools give the short white ones, some give the longer ones worn by doctors. In the past the coat length was a way to tell the students from doctors, but that distinction is getting blurred somewhat now. I have the shorty coat and it does feel weird sometimes to be the only one wearing one when the PA's nurses and others are wearing the long ones. Some hospitals have the students and doctors wear them, some don't - same in the office settings. You will just have to go to each individual rotation and find out! Good luck!
Dave111 said:That helps a lot, thanks. My school does long coats at the the ceremony, but I figured that those might not always be proper. They're not costly, so I guess having a few might be a good idea anyway. Thanks again for the quick response. All the best to you as well.
An unadorned (except for your hospital ID) short, white coat would be acceptable for a medical student almost anywhere, I would think. (And I know in hospitals I've worked in, a student with stitching on their coat would have drawn attention, if not comment.)trkd said:Do you have to have something (name, school, etc) stitched on there or anything?
ears said:An unadorned (except for your hospital ID) short, white coat would be acceptable for a medical student almost anywhere, I would think. (And I know in hospitals I've worked in, a student with stitching on their coat would have drawn attention, if not comment.)
hermione said:Our school gave us white coats, and they have stitching. Every student I've seen, from many different schools, have stitching, and most have a patch on the sleeve of the school they go to. I wouldn't worry about stitching. There are tons of websites where you can buy white coats, the student ones are usually called "consultation coats".
And btw, it does annoy me when the nursing students have long white coats. Not because I want one etc but because it makes me think they are a resident/attending, and its confusing.