It takes more than a uniform
- By: Sophie Scott-Hoad
I read with interest the recent articles exploring the wardrobe of medical students and what should and shouldn’t be worn.1 Projecting an image of decency, smartness, and trust goes some way to increase professionalism. However, I disagree that you must dress in a certain, uniformed way to be professional. I emphasise that professionalism cannot come merely from professing an oath or from donning a white coat. Our training at medical school teaches us communication skills, introduces us to inspirational clinicians, and shows that a little respect goes a long way.
The most important things that medical students should take into consideration when in clinical areas are a proper introduction, a visible name badge, good manners, a helpful attitude, and respect for hospital staff and patients.