Medical student fashion: Nigeria
We asked medical students around the world what they wear
- By: Adepeju O Adeniran
If you wear cowboy boots, you’ll have a hard time on a ward round. Everything else, with a little bit of cunning, is much easier to wing. My sister’s medical school in Ibadan has a dress code that frowns on female students wearing trousers; even female doctors are not spared. “It’s irresponsible,” the heads of the school say.
But my school, at the University of Lagos, is a lot more liberal, thank goodness, although the dress code states that students should not wear revealing clothes or T shirts with inscriptions (any, whatsoever). Men must wear a shirt and matching tie, socks, and tailored trousers. Women are expected to wear a tailored blouse and skirt, or tailored trousers that must be ironed and not too tight. Hair must be decently maintained and headgear can only be worn for religious reasons.
Students discover early on that the clinical coat is a good