Blog | Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Today's lesson: Take your zoo off and put your smile on


I ran across 2 great quotes regarding the white coat today:
• In a piece in KevinMD.com published today, Shivam Joshi, an internal medicine resident, writes about doctors wearing their white coats in grocery stores. He describes the white coat as ”20 square feet of a microbiological zoo.”
• Over at BMJ, Edmond Fernandes argues in an essay that physicians in India should stop wearing white coats. Here is the money quote: ”[White coats] are mere symbolism and wearing them does not itself confer status or professionalism. Dressing presentably and sporting a smile are more important than white coats.”

Michael B. Edmond, MD, FACP, is a hospital epidemiologist in Iowa City, IA, with a focus on improving the quality and safety of health care, and sees patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings. This post originally appeared at the blog Controversies in Hospital Infection Prevention.