Medical student fashion: India
We asked medical students around the world what they wear
- By: Pranab Chatterjee
In India, the dress code for medical students varies from institute to institute, but the basic principle remains the same. It has to be impressive enough so that patients respect you and sober enough to be acceptable to the professors. Jeans and T shirts are not allowed.
Dressing for the ward is harder for female students. The right compromise between the traditional saree or salwar-kurti with all their inconvenience, and Western dresses with their advantages, is difficult to reach. In reality the problem isn’t that bad because the upper half of our clothing is hidden behind the white coat that signifies our existence. It is no wonder that every semester we need to discard our white coats and get new ones because they cease to be white.
Men stick to formal shirts and trousers while women often wear the indigenous salwar-kurti or a fusion of executive dress. Accessories beyond bare