Dress Code


  • Students should wear their photo identification badge at all times while on the medical campus.
  • During the Phase I Curriculum, please adhere to the following guidelines when attending classes in the learning studios and small conference rooms:
  • Do not wear running shorts or extremely tight shorts. Longer shorts, Capri-style pants, and blue jeans are acceptable for the classroom.
  • For men, a polo shirt with a collar is preferred. A tee shirt is acceptable provided it is clean and does not contain any offensive language or picture.
  • Women should not wear “tube tops,” “halter tops,” deep set necklines, “see-through” blouses, and very short tight skirts to class. Shirts and blouses must extend to the waistband of the slacks or shorts. Bare midriffs are not acceptable.
  • Do not wear baseball caps or sunglasses in the classroom.
  • Avoid extremes of hairstyles (e.g., “spiked hair,” multicolored or bizarre-colored), make-up, and piercings. (Please see below.) Men must have neatly trimmed facial hair.
  • Body art/tattoos should not be visible.
  • Fingernails should be clean and maintained at a length that is not visible from the palmar aspect of the hand.
  • In the laboratories and in patient care areas, OSHA regulations prohibit open-toed shoes.  For purposes of safety, you must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • When you participate in any clinical activity and anticipate patient contact, you must dress in a  professional manner.  Men should wear a shirt, tie, slacks (not jeans), belt, socks, and hard-soled shoes (i.e., no tennis shoes or sandals).   Women should wear a dress, blouse/sweater and skirt, or blouse/sweater and slacks.  Heels should not be higher than 2 inches.  The toe area of the shoe must be closed.  Your white laboratory coat should be clean, pressed, and in good repair.   Please do not wear more than two earrings per ear.  Piercings of the tongue, eyebrow, lip, and nose and bangle bracelets should not be worn in patient care areas.   Please also avoid strongly scented perfumes or colognes.
  • On some clinical services, the clerkship director may permit males to wear open collared shirts without a tie.
  • When engaged in patient-care related activities, you should not chew gum.
  • You should never wear scrub clothes outside of the laboratory or operating room.
  • In short, be modest and professional in your dress.


Revised 7/14/17