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Too tall for student coat?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by jbbond007, May 13, 2014.

  1. jbbond007


    May 13, 2014

    I have kind of a silly problem, but it bothers me everyday nonetheless. I am almost six and a half feet tall, so the typical student white coat (consultation length coat), which are 30" long, fall above my belt and look ridiculous. I already look awkward enough without the addition of this weird, white, vest-length coat stuffed with reference material and granola bars. I hate walking into a patient's room and feeling like a clown in my ill-fitting coat. So, my question is this: Does anyone wear the mid-length white coats?

    I am kind of torn on the subject. On the one hand, I want to look and feel like a professional in front of my patients. Sometimes that is the first step in earning a patient's trust. I also don't like to draw attention to my proportions by wearing a coat that just points out that I am too tall. I really don't enjoy explaining that I am far too clumsy to play basketball (which is invariably everyone's first question). Sure, the mid-length coats are about 8 inches longer than traditional, but I am about 8 inches taller than the average guy. The mid-length coats are still a good six inches shorter than the full length coats that real doctors (as well as a lot of non-professional medical staff for that matter) wear. On the other hand, I don't want my peers and residents to think that I am trying to elevate my status or something. I want to be a part of the team and adhere to my role on that team. I don't want to give the impression that I think I am special when compared to my peers. I especially don't want people to assume I am a douche before they have a chance to meet me. To be honest, I can't decide which is worse: to look silly or to look arrogant. Maybe there's a third option that I haven't considered. Maybe I'm just overthinking the whole issue and no one else cares. Any thoughts on the subject?
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  3. jbbond007


    May 13, 2014
    Oops. I posted to the wrong group, but maybe the pre-meds' opinion will be helpful too.
  4. WestCoastNative

    WestCoastNative 2+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    Just wear a white bathrobe. Throw in some house slippers and you'll be bossed up.


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  5. Tensei


    May 11, 2014
    IDK how fitting works as I'm just pre-med, but could you size up at all? Or is it one-size fits all Or perhaps ask for a new one or get a new one? Larger sizes are generally taller.

    I'm 6'2" with a freakishly long torso, so I've had to go L or XL for volunteering gear myself.
  6. mik30102

    mik30102 Pharmacist 5+ Year Member

    Oct 25, 2011
    Huh I don't understand how you are having a issue. Just get a bigger size lmao. I'm 6 foot 3 and wore a mid length lab coat for orgo/chem lab just fine, and wear a short lab coat in pharmacy fine...
  7. NickNaylor

    NickNaylor Thank You for Smoking Physician Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    May 22, 2008
    Deep in the heart of Texas
    This is why there are coats that come in a "tall" variety.

    It's like there were people with this problem.

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  8. ReadyToRumble

    ReadyToRumble 2+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Last edited: May 14, 2014
  9. mvenus929

    mvenus929 Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    We have several guys in my class over the 6' mark, and they just got the tall coats when they were getting sized. They hit about hip level, just like all us short people who get the regular coats.

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