So I've been arranging some shadows since we're on break between semesters. One of the hospitals' residency administrators called me and set everything up beautifully. At the end of the phone call, I asked if she had a preference for dress code. She said slacks and a polo shirt would be alright. Then paused... "you can wear a tie, too. A tie would look nice." Another pause. "Do you own a labcoat? If you do, feel free to wear that, too." I never once brought up the issue of tie or labcoat. Am I going to look like a tool to the first-year intern I'm shadowing?