Appropriate dress?

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  1. D_Leotols Toy

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    I'm shadowing at a hospital tomorrow for one of the health science programs at my school and am concerned about my outfit because I want to make a good impression.

    I'm wearing a black button down, which is a military style button down, a black belt, khaki pants, with some black dress shoes. Oh yea and some black socks.

    The coordinator just said to wear a button down maybe some khakis and closed toe shoes, whatever looks professional. Does this sound appropriate for the setting? Never really been in this situation before..

    For the button down, should I leave the sleeves rolled down? or is rolling them up too casual. Also, I have semi long hair (passes my ear lobes), It's always well maintained as I'm super hygienic, so that shouldn't be a problem right? (the length of it, anyway)
     
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    Sounds like you will be just fine. I'm a member of the International Fashion Police so take my word.
     
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    I work in Healthcare and what you are planning is fine!
     
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    Awesome! I have another concern though, the pants are levi 510's the somewhat skinnier pants, but they are pants rather than jeans so they are not skin tight. But I do have skinny legs, so it just looks form fitting instead of ankle huggers. My step-dad said straight legged shouldn't be worn to a business setting, but any other khakis on me look like clown pants.
     
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    You'll fit right in. I'm a doctor, just so you know. Relax, be yourself, and ask appropriate questions, so that they know you are paying attention and thinking.
     
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    I'd avoid wearing too much black in a hospital setting. It's too dark for daytime wear and can make the patients uneasy with its association with funerals and mourning.
     
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    Good point Jason, but at the moment this is all I have. Other than graduation, I havent had the need for business attire. I'm slightly nervous because I've never been in a hospital other than being a patient and am not sure what to expect really. It's for radiology, and from what I hear (my mum works there) they're all pretty laid back and really nice.
     
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    Radiologists are a bit nutty. They tend to be nerds.

    If all you have is what you have then you don't have much choice however a loud tie might lighten the mood a little. Loud ties are OK as we're in a recession. Do you have any way to get a lighter shirt? Shades of pink and lavender are soothing. Lighter shades of green are good too. White is fine as well.
     
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    I'm a doc here too man - sounds like you'll be fine. I'd avoid the really loud tie. Otherwise just relax and be yourself and ask questions so they know you are awake and paying attention.

     
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    Nope no time for changing the outfit. Got a final at 8 am, then 930-3 is when I'll be shadowing. So it's test test, then straight to the hospital.

    I'll just try to be as calm and collected as I can, and ask the appropriate questions when prompted.

    The coordinator of the program said they were happy to have someone shadow so that lightens the mood that I won't be a burden or get in the way of what they're doing.

    It's also kind of nice because I'll be a lot more relaxed when it comes time to do my actual clinical rotation.

    As doctors, what would you do if someone shadowed you? Will I be sitting there, just observing, asking questions, etc.? Just really curious as to what they'll have me do
     
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    I don't agree with no straight legged. Wear them. You'll look fine.

    Just the fact that you care about how the shadow is going to happen tells me it's going to be a great experience for you and you'll do very well. Good luck!
     
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    Thanks guys, I'm off to the exam and then the hospital!
     
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    it's important that your attitude is positive. that's more important than what you wear unless it's gross. I'm not an M.D. but my career was in human resources/employment.

    it's quite possible they will hand you a smock (?) to wear.

    get back to us with a report.
     
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    Well it went well, they were all super nice, but there wasn't much going on except for the morning. The rest of the afternoon I kind of sat around watching them plug in paperwork, but overall I'd say it was a good experience and leads me to believe I'm choosing the right field.
     
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    Glad to hear it - shoot me a message if you've got questions.
     
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    Exactly what I was thinking.

    I try not to wear black shirts to hospitals, bar mitzvahs and weddings.
     
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    as in the bathroom, the job isn't done until the paperwork is finished.

    glad your experience was positive. keep studying!:smile:
     
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