Residents should always dress in a manner compatible with the role of professional, physician and psychiatrist in the making. Please remember that the way in which you present yourself to patients has an impact on your therapeutic relationship. The program has the following three simple rules regarding dress code:
- No belly or undergarments showing
- No ripped jeans
- No see-through clothing
Moreover, please ensure you adhere to the specific dress code of your training site. Below is McGill’s dress code policy followed by that of the MUHC.
The Faculty and its affiliated hospitals have a dress code for courses that include patient contact (e.g. Physicianship, TCP, Clerkship). Students must be well groomed, clean, and dressed appropriately as they fulfill their responsibilities in clinical settings. Students should wear their white coats with their name tags, except where they are asked not to, such as in the operating room. Informal or provocative attire is not appropriate. Males are encouraged to wear shirts with collars. Jeans, sneakers and shorts are not acceptable. Clothing that exposes the umbilicus is also not acceptable. Fingernails should be relatively short (otherwise palpation can be painful for the patient), long hair should be tied back, and perfume should be avoided due to allergies. Scrub suits, also known as “greens,” are not to be worn outside of the hospital as they are the property of the hospital. Discretion should be used with particular fashion modes (e.g. pierced lips, nostrils and eyebrows, as well as nail polish and large quantities of jewellery). Closed-toe shoes should be worn in any situation where there is use of needles or risk of body fluids spilling. Although some may consider this a petty issue, it is important to remember that illness is a very stressful event for patients and families, and that a professional image contributes to patient confidence.