Medical school fashion
We asked medical students around the world what they wear
A US study reported that 19% of white coats were contaminated with meticillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and 4% with meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)1 but despite risk factors associated with MRSA and MSSA contamination white coats continue to be worn in the United States.
This begins with a “white coat ceremony” in more than 90% of US medical schools.2 The ceremony typically takes place during medical school orientation and requires students to (a) communicate their medical responsibilities in the presence of faculty, family, and friends; (b) don a white coat as a pledge of commitment and rite of passage into the medical profession; (c) listen to a well known physician role model's discourse; (d) and celebrate the event at a reception.234
The short length white coats worn by medical students and the full length ones worn by most practising