Dress Code

Maintain a professional appearance whenever you see patients or their families. Shorts and/or flip-flops are never appropriate. Women's skirts should be at least knee length. Men are encouraged to wear ties with their dress shirts.

The Associated Press reports that "Patients prefer dressed-up docs: Despite the casual appearance of their TV counterparts, patients want their doctors to dress formally and not show up in blue jeans and sandals, a new study suggests. Name badges, white coats and dress shoes are preferable for both male and female doctors, the patients in the study said. 'A carefully dressed provider might convey the image that he or she is meticulous and careful,' said the researchers..."

Whether appropriate dress includes professional clothes with a white lab coat or a scrub suit, it (and the person in it) should be clean and neat. Personal hygiene and grooming are required. On the ward you should wear your white coat at all times.

A PHOTO ID BADGE IS REQUIRED AT ALL CLERKSHIP SITES. If the badge that was issued to you during your 2nd year has been lost or stolen, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at (206) 543-5561. Your UW badge will be good for all rotations until graduation.

Work Hours Policy

The goals of the medical students and the faculty of the School of Medicine are one and the same: to get the best medical education possible while not ignoring overall health and happiness. Attention needs to be paid to both duty/work hours and personal time.

Work hours rules have been developed for residents, but similar rules have not been developed for medical students. There are obvious differences in terms of goals, reimbursement, and responsibilities between residents and students. Nonetheless, some guidelines for students apply.