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Lab Coat Etiquette

Ever heard of lab coat etiquette?

The kind of lab coat that a health care worker wears tells his or her position in the industry, and the length spells hierarchy. MDs before were the only ones who get to wear long lab coats. And as the lab coat gets shorter, it means lower position in the hierarchy. Only nurses were allowed to wear three-quarter sleeved lab coats, while the mid-length lab coats are for other residents of a hospital or clinic. If you are but an intern, you can only wear a short lab coat.

 
Actually, this is the first time that I've read about the symbolism of the length of lab coat that physicians and nurses are wearing. But this etiquette only applied before, not presently. Today, the length of lab coats, does not matter that much but what really matters is the comfort and sometimes the style of the lab coat used. This so called "lab coat etiquette" faded already as time passed by. 

On the other hand, if we have this lab coat etiquette, it could tell us the credentials of doctors we are dealing with. This could be a great help for patients and people who are looking for effective and high ranking doctors. Nevertheless, the only disadvantage it might bring could be discrimination on the part of doctors and nurses. Good thing there is no dress code for lab coats nowadays. :)

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