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White Coat Length

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by bbabul01, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. bbabul01

    bbabul01 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2006
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  3. MChitty

    MChitty 5+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2007
    I had heard about this. I think that the Harvard hospitals are all wacky in coat length as compared to the other area hospitals.

    Oh Harvard!
  4. sagemedecon

    sagemedecon 2+ Year Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Pritzker students have long coats.
  5. GreenShirt

    GreenShirt 10+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2007
    Some hospitals have uniform dress for specialties (ie surgery wear green scrubs, gen med wears blue), but a lot don't. When I started out in the ER, I assumed this one nurse was a Dr. b/c he wore a long white lab coat over his scrubs. It was embarrassing. Nowadays, its harder to figure out who's who in the hospital since nurses don't wear the little stripper dress outfits anymore.
  6. Orthodoc40

    Orthodoc40 7+ Year Member

    As an MGH employee I can officially say there is no way to tell who is what based on coat length here. Unless they have their name & title embroidered on the coat, it's pretty much impossible to tell. When I started, they just asked me if I wanted a short one or a long one. I think all you can be sure of is that the med students get short ones! :laugh:
  7. freetheyaz

    freetheyaz Master of my domain 2+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2006
    MA MGH length doesn't matter, you just need a fund number and you get anything you want...even our secretaries wear white coats!

    plus our scrub colors designate the size - so if you are fat, you get the dark dark blue, and thin get the green. Grey is a nice size to be, for a guy.
  8. XildUpNawth

    XildUpNawth Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2006
    deep 'n dirty
    The students at Miami wear long coats, which to me seemed representative toward the whole attitude of cooperative learning there. Maybe I'm seeing what I want to see, but I asked about it and it seemed like the whole school is just less interested in enforcing a hierarchy, maybe because Jackson Memorial is such a nuthouse (in a good way) and the students do so much hands-on clinical work there. But as for the Boston hospitals, rank is pretty important so I think the short coats for students are just one symptom of that. On the other hand, patients have a right and a need to know if they're being treated by a student or attending, so it's not all bad.
  9. typhoonegator

    typhoonegator Neurointensivist Moderator Physician 10+ Year Member

    Dec 22, 2006
    At MGH, BIDMC and BWH, all medical residents wear short coats. The old school medicine attendings also wear the short coats. So, as you can see, it really isn't about hierarchy at all. The idea behind it is that the long coat is a false symbol that you have "risen above" the level of the student, when in reality we should all be students of medicine throughout our careers. Kind of BS, but that's the official reason.
  10. bbabul01

    bbabul01 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    Yeah, the article mentioned that. And I thought it was really interesting. It seems like a lot of people have a problem with it though. Residents want to feel that they have "risen above." I'm obviously not there yet, but it will be interesting to see my opinion on it when I get there.
  11. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    At Stanford, all the med students I've seen have worn long coats. For me, like someone who was quoted in the article, it isn't about status; it's about which looks better. I think a long coat is classier and more stylish, but nothing to get all bent out of shape over.
  12. Hurricane95

    Hurricane95 Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2005
    Miami, FL
    Yep, XildUp has it miami we wear the long coats from the beginning. I think it's cool because to me the whole short coat thing is kind of demeaning...kind of like, "well hold it right there junior, you're only a student! Look at his short coat!" kind of thing. We're treated at a more equal level, except of course for the obvious things that we are not yet allowed to do.

    Oh come on guys, does length REALLY matter? Is longer always better? hmmm...
  13. husky0684

    husky0684 2+ Year Member

    Dec 18, 2006
    HAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAH :lol: ....this is probably one of the funniest thing I have heard in a loong time, thanks for that...maybe it is to encourage the workers to slim down? dark blue is the mark of shame to get you motivated...
  14. the POONisher

    the POONisher Banned Banned

    Apr 2, 2007
    everytime the topic of 'white coat length' comes up, the annoying smart-asses from da U have to chime in and tell us AGAIN that they get to wear the long coats from the get-go

  15. Ridcully

    Ridcully 2+ Year Member

    Nov 19, 2006
    That's weird, all the med students I've seen have a long coat.
  16. 63768

    63768 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    why does it matter? it's a rite of passage. for those schools who let students wear long coats, good for them but is it really something that one should create a fuss over? to me, it is more the education i'd receive rather than a little piece of cloth i'm wearing over my shoulders.

    sure the length can lead to patients looking at us differently as student doctors, but i think they should know we're student doctors. that and i doubt they know the intricacies of coat length.
  17. docmode

    docmode Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    silverlining1, Stanford students are given long white coats the beginning of first year.
  18. silverlining1

    silverlining1 7+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    Indeed; that's what I meant. It was a typo. How strange!
  19. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    Schools vary. The most common standard is still the small examination coat for med students.

    Somebody on SDN told me that Mayo did away with them altogether.
  20. LifetimeDoc

    LifetimeDoc EM Attending Physician 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2006
    I'll just wear whatever coat they give me, and worry more about learning my stuff and not killing/hurting the patient. I've worn a 1950's-era volunteer outfit at my local hospital for 3 years. I think I can handle whatever silly garb they make us wear as medical students. Thanks :hardy:
  21. CCLCMer

    CCLCMer CCLCM Alum c/o 2011 7+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    Cleveland expatriate
    We have both kinds of coats. We wear the long ones at CCF, but we have short ones from Case that we are apparently supposed to wear if we ever rotate in one of the Case hospitals. So far though my short coat is just gathering dust in my closet at home. :p
  22. MedicineForLife 777

    MedicineForLife 777 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jun 2, 2006
    I went to nursing school, and ironically we wore long coats while med students wear short coats :laugh:
  23. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    Actually, it's less "ironic" and more "stupid". Of course, that thread has been beaten to death, so I'll just leave it at that.
  24. SupergreenMnM

    SupergreenMnM Peanut, not chocolate 2+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2007

    Sorry, I just couldn't resist.
  25. ChessMess

    ChessMess 2+ Year Member

    May 18, 2006
    How about scrapping the white coat all together and moving to a younger and hipper black leather coat, or (for the ladies) a nice mink shawl?

    Does the suit make the man? Or does the man make the suit?

    "Ponderous man, reeeeally ponderous." (pop quiz: name that song, artist and year)
  26. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    My future school (see my sig) gives us long coats.

    I don't think it really matters since all patients see is "white coat = doctor."
    Our young, scared looks give us away anyhow.
  27. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Pffft, guess I'm not going to MGH!
  28. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    I spoke with your school, baylormed, and they have decided that your uniform will consist of scrub bottoms and a sports bra. I will be present at your white bra ceremony to cloak you.


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