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Clinical Dress Code

Medical Students (M.D.)

Policy ID Number: N/A
Policy Title: Dress Code – Clinical Students
Classification: University/College of Medicine
Approval Authority: Undergraduate Curriculum Committee
Responsible Entity: College of Medicine-Undergraduate Medical Education
Policy Owner: Clinical Sciences Planning and Evaluation Committee

I. Policy Statement

This policy outlines expectations for professional attire for students during clinical experiences included in their education.

II. Scope

This policy applies to students enrolled in the College of Medicine MD Degree program.

III. Approval Authority

The final governing committee which is responsible for approving the policy is the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee. The Clinical Sciences Planning and Evaluation Committee will periodically review the policy for updates.

IV. Purpose of This Policy

This policy clarifies professional expectations regarding attire and grooming for clinical students enrolled in the MD degree and preclerkship students in clinical settings. 

V. Who Should Be Knowledgeable about This Policy

College of Medicine Students
College of Medicine Residents, Staff, and Faculty

VI. The Policy

Clinical students and preclerkship students involved in clinical education experiences are expected to present themselves in a way that projects respect and professionalism at all times and does not adversely impact patients. This includes well-groomed hairstyles, as well as professional jewelry and makeup.

• Recommended acceptable attire (business casual) includes collared shirts, slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters, and dresses. All clothing should be professional.
• Shoes should be closed toe.
• Except when scrubs are necessary or permitted by the attending, business casual attire is required in all clinical settings, to include lectures during the clinical years, OSCEs, and physical diagnosis courses involving standardized patients or teaching assistants.
• An optimal level of personal hygiene should be maintained at all times, to include neat and trimmed facial hair.
• Fingernails are to be kept clean, well-cared for, and short (i.e. no longer than ¼ inch from the fingertip). Nail polish, if worn, should be well maintained. Chipped nail polish is not permitted. Nail jewelry or adornments are not permitted.
• Perfume and cologne are prohibited.
• Student ID badges should be visible at all times.
• White coats should be clean and pressed.
• Operating room (OR) scrubs should not be worn outside of the OR area without a clean lab coat or appropriate cover-up over them.
• OR scrubs should not be worn outside of the hospital building at any time.

VII. Special Situations

NA

VIII. Sanctions for Non-compliance

Failure to comply with the dress code policy will result in a physicianship form.

IX. Related Information

NA

X. Communication Plan

Students will be informed of the policy during orientation to the clinical phase of their education.

The policy can be found here:

Clinical Dress Code

XI. Definitions

NA

XII. Review Cycle

Reviewed every 2 years.

XIII. Approval History

Approval Authority Date Approved
CSPEC July 14, 2017
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee August 4, 2017
Undergraduate Curriculum Committee April 19, 2019

XIV. Approval Signature 

April 19, 2019
Donna Kern, MD Date
Title: Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education