swalke60

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I am going to be shadowing an internal medicine/cardiologist specialist in a hospital beginning this coming Monday. When I asked, I was told to wear work/business casual clothes, and I will be provided with scrubs and a lab coat later to wear.

My main question: what shoes should I wear?

Obviously, they need to be comfortable and close-toed. I'm just not sure what would be best as this is my first time shadowing.

Suggestions?
 

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I am going to be shadowing an internal medicine/cardiologist specialist in a hospital beginning this coming Monday. When I asked, I was told to wear work/business casual clothes, and I will be provided with scrubs and a lab coat later to wear.

My main question: what shoes should I wear?

Obviously, they need to be comfortable and close-toed. I'm just not sure what would be best as this is my first time shadowing.

Suggestions?

Wear some plain flats that are comfortable and purchase some insoles. You most likely will be doing a lot of standing.

Or maybe you can invest In some very comfortable scrub shoes, they are a bit on the pricey side but very worth it.
 
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just rando sneakers

if you end up in the OR just put on some shoe covers they provide.
 

swalke60

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Thanks everyone!

I ended up wearing a comfy pair of black flats, and the physician I was shadowing said that what I wore was perfect. I changed to scrubs and a lab coat almost immediately after arriving -- my gosh, I finally understand what everyone means when they say how comfy they are -- and just stuck with my flats. They worked great as we were constantly moving between a hospital/surgery environment and the more doctor's office environment. We did a lot of observation in the cath lab and saw a lot of not-routine procedures, met with a number of patients, I got to meet quite a few other physicians who were all really nice, and I even got to go in to the OR (we both used the shoe covers) when the the doctor I was shadowing did a procedure.

Overall, fantastic day and I learned so much. If I knew before hand that I would be spending more time in the hospital/OR environment, then I would probably switch to sneakers. Otherwise, flats work great.
 
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