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Residents: what kind of lab coat to order

Discussion in 'General Residency Issues' started by sophiejane, Mar 23, 2007.

  1. sophiejane

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    Before I get flamed, I really did do a search, and it's a topic that comes up so often, I got nowhere.

    Wanted to hear from the ladies in particular on this one, but anyone's opinion is welcome.

    I like the cotton coats with french buttons, but are they too hot? I'm going to have them dry-cleaned so I don't care that they need to be ironed, I'm just wondering about the weight. How does it do with stains?

    I detest polyester, but are there advantages...

    And how about style? I know the belted back looks better on women, but should I go loose belt or sewn? Do you order a size larger to go over clothes, or should I order my normal dress size?

    My program asked if we'd like a specific type of coat, so I want to order a good one.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. tkim

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    As a lady myself, I prefer something revealing and lacy. It keeps me cool and entertains the patients. But then again, I am 36-24-36.
     
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    I'd recommend going to a medical clothing store, if there is one near your hospital, and trying on some different sizes and styles.
     
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    I prefer the 100% cotton coats with the cloth knot buttons. The ones I had in residency had loose belts. I think they actually "breathe" better than the blends. The downside, however, is that they wrinkle like crazy. They'll also shrink a bit if you have them professionally laundered.
     
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    Go by bra size to order the size of the coat. Get two styles, one for winter ( I like the blended heavier material ) and get the cotton belted style for the summer.
     
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    Many residencies provide coats. For day-to-day use, I suggest using these "free" coats, since they're definitely going to get mucked up. If you want to order a nice, embroidered coat for more formal occasions, then that's a different story.
     
  9. Dr.McNinja

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    Like, when you wear it to the club to pick up chicks?
     
  10. sophiejane

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    My program asks us for our preference of coat style and material, which they pay for and embroider. :)
     
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    Me too. Now I'm deliberating over "Fang I. Fangiferous, MD" or "Fang Fangiferous MD". How many people go for the middle initial?
     
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    While I prefer the heavier cotton ones with the cloth buttons, they do wrinkle like crazy as KentW says, but I found that in a cold hospital they kept me nice and toasty.

    I ordered a mix - a couple of the nice ones and a couple of the cotton/poly ones with the plastic buttons for summer.

    The different brands do fit differently and you might consider a size up in the heavier coats (since they tend to shrink) or if you like to wear sweaters under your coats.
     
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    I did...but I use it as my signature, so your choice should reflect that.
     
  14. sophiejane

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    Thanks, those are good tips. I'm cold natured (not cold hearted ;) ), so I think the heavier ones will be fine for hospital. I might keep a lighter one at the clinic.
     

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