Professional yet comfortable
- By: Teresa Pun
On the day of my medical school interview, I was surprised to see how many black suits, myself included, were in attendance. But why black? Interview consultants and pre-med forums recommended dark navy or black to highlight how professional we were. The homogeneity of our outfits implied that we fitted in with the prestige of the school and that we would do them proud. Ironically, all of the speakers emphasised the importance of diversity in the medical school class. One class had former engineers, welders, paramedics, and historians.
In the hospital, all the men wear dress shirts (tie optional), slacks, and leather shoes. The women look just as conservative. Operating room-bound physicians run around in scrubs, and their clinic counterparts don full suits. Yes, we often emulate these physicians, but is it really necessary for us future doctors to look exactly like our predecessors? How effective can patient centred care