Doctor dressing guide part 1

Doctor dressing guide

Doctor dressing guide part 1

Basically, there are three things to consider. First, the employer's guidelines, it is your personal preference and the patient's perception. The question is, does the physician's attire really matter? According to studies, the answer is yes. First impressions are alive and well and if you want it or not, people have the first impression that is based on the way you look and how you dress and based on that they immediately judge how trustworthy you are, how competent you are, how smart you are, and even how much you earn. For doctors, that perception goes even deeper because of your profession, people have a higher degree of trust and expect more of a professionalism, than with other people. On top of that, dressing properly helps you to visually set yourself apart so when you enter a room, it is clear that you are the doctor, not the patient, or anyone else. When in doubt and you do not know what to wear, going a notch up and being dressed up, is always better than going a notch down because it adds that additional professional appearance that represents you as a doctor and the institution you work for.

What to wear as a doctor, tip number 1:

If your organization has a strict dress code in place, follow that and do not try to step outside of those boundaries. If a bare below the elbows policy is in place, of course, you have to skip the jackets and the long sleeve dress shirts. In that case, you can either go with a polo shirt or you can have a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Personally, I do not like short sleeved shirts, but if that is what works for you and for the situation, and if you like it, go for it.

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