Medical student fashion: Greece
We asked medical students around the world what they wear
- By: Panagiotis Ath Dimitriadis
In Greece, the medical profession is strongly tied to the white coat. A visit to a Greek hospital will help you understand the extent of this phenomenon: almost every doctor, regardless of specialty or position wears a white coat.
The earliest photos of the Athens medical school, the oldest of the seven in Greece, show medical students wearing white coats in hospitals and labs so it is an important tradition to us.
We have three pre-clinical and three clinical years, and during the clinical years we are educated exclusively in the university hospitals. Thus, the first thing that every medical student does on entering the clinical setting is to wear their white coat.
Our dress code is very strict. Medical students will not be accepted in a clinic if they are not wearing white coats. They cannot observe the daily rounds or carry out any medical procedure. No excuse is