(Brought to you after extensive research by Eryn Lonnquist and Jake Sacks)
Each clinical site has its own guidelines. Some are lenient; others are more restrictive. Our suggestion is to dress especially conservatively on the first day at each site. After that you can take the lead from your team and dress to fit in. For rotations where you will be in the OR, bring more comfortable clothes (e.g. scrubs) with you so that you can change out of dress clothes if it is appropriate.
- Wear your ID at all times
- Wear a white coat unless instructed otherwise
- For safety reasons, no open toed shoes and heels should be 2” or less
- Socks / Hosiery of some sort is generally required
- Shoes should be clean and in good repair.
- This is very site dependent. The most conservative sites restrict piercing jewelry to earrings.
- Tattoos generally must be covered by clothing.
- Pants: Jeans and Capris are generally unacceptable
- Shirts: A long sleeved, button down shirt is always acceptable. Other choices will be site and practice dependent.
- Ties: A tie is always appropriate. Whether or not it is required depends on the site and team.
- Pants: Jeans and Capris are generally unacceptable.
- Shirts: Clothing should cover the back, shoulders and midriff (spaghetti straps, tank tops, etc are usually unacceptable). Remember you will be moving and bending and the coverage should be able to be maintained.
- Skirts: The skirt length should probably be no shorter than 2” above the knee.