A guide to medical etiquette: attire
- By: David McAllister
Like clowns, medical students really need a costume on to act the part of a doctor. I know that my communication skills improve tenfold when I am wearing my standard Marks and Spencer issue GP suede shoes.
However, many students don't get the costume right, and things just don't gel with patients. To remedy the situation, I have produced a guide on what to wear for the men and boys among you. I will be happy to write a counterpart for the women, if anyone would care to email me with the relevant information.
Trouser choice is crucial. It is much harder to make drastic mistakes now than in the 1970s - although in those days people were more forgiving. Some general rules should be observed: don't wear anything tight enough to improve venous return, and avoid colours normally seen in road safety adverts.
The same goes for shirts. On