Does my bum look big in this?
s the white coat doomed? Karen Hebert asks whether doctors need a new medical uniform.
Medical students, like any other group, are a diverse mix of people--from the Prada clothed Jimmy Choo wearing clothes horse to the person who wears the same clothes four days in a row and always looks like they have just got out of bed. From a personal point of view our choice of clothing is an indication of our individuality and personal taste. As members of the medical profession, however, choice of clothing becomes more a statement of our professionalism than our personality. What we wear gives out a message to our patients about what type of doctor we are before the consultation even begins. So should there be a case for all medics wearing a uniform? And if so should this be the white coat or scrubs?
Although the white coat used to be the classic symbol of a doctor, this no longer holds true. White coats are generally