Medical student fashion: Burma (Myanmar)
We asked medical students around the world what they wear
- By: Sun Tun
“Lining in basket, dressing in human,” a famous Burmese saying equivalent to “dress makes a man,” has not only influenced the general population but the medical world too. Burmese doctors and medical students have, as in other countries, a dress code that enforces dignity and a high professional standard.
The white coat is a lifelong companion for doctors and teaching staff. Without it we cannot distinguish ourselves from patients as there is no rule about wearing identity badges. Wearing a white coat all the time can be very hot, however, and many doctors just hang their stethoscopes around their necks as an identity tag.
Students must dress smartly and according to Burmese culture. Ladies are advised to wear longyis (the long traditional wrap around skirt) or fixed longyis, and trousers and skirts are totally unacceptable. Longyis are not very practical on clinical wards, however. They can easily become loose, which