Should There Be a Dress Code for Doctors?

Should There Be a Dress Code for Doctors?
Should There Be a Dress Code for Doctors?

If you live near a hospital, you've probably seen the sight: a young physician in loose blue scrubs, standing in line at the grocery store. You can't help but wonder if the young physician is lost. After all, it appears that he or she belongs in an emergency room – not the dairy section.

The oversized bottoms, dangling bright orange pajama knot, deep V-neck and beeper ensemble not only look out of place, but lead to a slew of thoughts. Is he coming from or going to a shift? Could her clothes carry some sort of hospital microbe? What detritus has the outfit picked up on public transit or in line at the ATM that will track back to an operating room or patient? Has the American trend toward casual attire gone too far?

Regardless of profession, we all play out the sartorial ritual of considering colors, textures, and garments for work, school and play.

Clothing for doctors is more than just a matter of personal style: it is an emblem of their specialty, training and culture.

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