3.27: School of Medicine Dress Code Guidelines for the Clinical Setting


Any time students see patients, they should adhere to the dress code described below.  Dress code guidelines must be followed at all encounters with patients, standardized or real.


Students are expected to dress professionally and conservatively.  Attire typically worn to class or lecture will in many cases not be appropriate. Hospital scrubs are not considered professional attire for patient encounters.


Always bring your white coat.  Your coat must be clean, pressed and worn at all times.

  • Wear your name tag in an easily viewable location (collar of coat, top, or dress).
  • Do not wear cologne or perfumes.
  • Tattoos should be covered.
  • Jewelry should be minimal and understated.
  • Clothing should not have rips, tears or frayed edges.
  • Do not expose your midriff.
  • Clothing should allow for an appropriate range of movement, and should not be flashy or draw attention.
  • Button-down shirts (with or without ties), professional tops, or blouses should be worn and should avoid low-cut necklines.
  • Tank tops, T-shirts, and thin or “spaghetti-style” straps on tops are not appropriate.
  • Pants, slacks, khakis, skirts, or dresses are appropriate. Legs should be covered to the knee.
  • Do not wear jeans or shorts
  • Dress shoes, low heels, or flats should be worn. Avoid open-toed shoes, flip-flops, tennis shoes, or porous shoes.
updated August 2020