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what to wear in ER

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by pezzang, Mar 21, 2007.

  1. pezzang

    pezzang Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 12, 2005
    I have been wearing semi-formal wear while working in the ER and am kinda tired of wearing it. Can we wear jeans or polo shirt instead? i am just curious what the guideline is... i guess we should try to look as professional as we can but would polo work?
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  3. pezzang

    pezzang Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 12, 2005
    oh, a volunteer and/or shadowing doctors...
  4. chevaliermalfet

    chevaliermalfet Don't stop belivin'! 10+ Year Member

    Sep 2, 2006
    That's interesting. They had us all wear scrubs . . . "salmon" colored scrubs (and called us the pink ladies. *grumbles*)
  5. Robizzle

    Robizzle 1K Member 2+ Year Member

    May 28, 2006
    Boston & NYC
    My ER specifically said no jeans :thumbdown: so I ended up wearing khakis and a t-shirt and it looked real dumb but I was comfortable and who gives a crap how I look anyway
  6. ssquared

    ssquared Member 2+ Year Member

    "Semi-formal"? I'm sorry, for a second I had a mental picture of a guy in a tux waltzing around the ER....:laugh: I think you're looking for the term "business casual".

    Since it's a professional setting, I'd go for a collared shirt and nice pants. Yeah it's tiring but welcome to the working world! Consider it practice for when you have to dress nicely and you're graded on it.
  7. MWK

    MWK Over-represented majority 2+ Year Member

    Nov 15, 2006
    Lexington KY
    We have no jeans, collared shirt rule. Might as well look nice----the nurses wont ask you to clean up as much puke...
  8. musiclink213

    musiclink213 My room is a mess 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    New York
    When I volunteered, we had a no jeans rule as well. I volunteered in the summers, so I usually wore capri pants, the guys usually wore khakis. The tops didn't matter so much because we always had to wear a volunteer jacket on top, which sucked because the AC was always breaking down and those jackets do not breathe. I would say to dress nicer, if you're interacting with patients, it may make them feel more comfortable, and if the doctor wants to take you to see a procedure, you'll look somewhat professional and not like some schlub from the waiting room.
  9. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    A nice polo that's tucked in looks professional. Wearing one that's frayed and paint splattered from A&F untucked (or front tucked) with your collar popped probably wouldn't be great.

    I'd also recommend tennis shoes.. if you want to have functional feet the next day.
  10. Vano

    Vano 7+ Year Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    It depends on the hospital , just ask them, my ER doesn't really care what we wear as long as it's not something outrageous, I always wear jeans and I try to wear shirts or sweaters with collar but nobody reproaches when I don't. We have labcoats on top anyway so they cover most of our street clothes. Bottomline is, I guess, our ER is very lenient--it's not what you wear, it's how you work and interact with staff and patients that matters.
  11. MattD

    MattD Curmudgeon 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2003
    Obviously different locales will have different RULES, but regardless of the rules I wouldn't be caught in any sort of semiprofessional sort of situation unless I was in a.) khakis and buttondown shirt or b.) scrubs (if it's common in that place's culture). You want to fit in with the professionals there, not stand out as not belonging. You may still be pre-med, but you're asking to be allowed to be a part of the professional environment, so you have a responsibility to do whatever is needed to maintain a professional environment for the patients.

    That said, I've started to slack off on wearing ties, even in our clinical classes. They're just germ spreaders, anyway. I don't think anyone has even noticed, and it still looks plenty professional, especially with the lab coat over it. However, if anyone were to say something to me about it, I've got one rolled up in my gear bag that I could throw on. You hafta fit in with the culture :)

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