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3.11 - General Guidelines for Clinic Dress

Programmatic clinic dress codes address patient and student safety as well as professional appearance to instill patient confidence.  Though some affiliates have employee dress codes that differ from those of students, the dress codes for students comply with standards at all facilities and must be observed at all times by students when at a clinic affiliate for any school activity regardless of the amount of time.  On days when not in the clinic environment, students are expected to dress in a manner consistent with an academic environment. Proper identification of personnel in clinical facilities is a courtesy to patients and other personnel encountered and a strict requirement for safety and accountability reasons.  Identification as a student indicates ties to a respected university and engagement in the educational process.  Required identification for students while in the clinical environment includes: 

  • OUHSC photo identification card attached to the lapel, unless a specific hospital ID is provided for use.
  • Identification is worn so the name and photo are visible to the patient at all times.
  • Designated white lab coat and wine-colored scrub-uniform purchased from the Uniform Shoppe with the MIRS Department patch sewn in the appropriate location:
    • 6221 E. 61st Street 
      Tulsa, OK 74136         
      (918) 494-7682          
    • 10503 N. May Avenue
      Oklahoma City, OK 73120
      (405) 755-6600
  • Lab coat with MIRS patch sewn on the left breast or left sleeve of the white coat below the shoulder. 
  • The scrub top with the MIRS department patch sewn on the left sleeve.

These guidelines comply with hospital professional dress codes and requirements. Guidelines are provided so that students may present a professional appearance and protect the health and safety of themselves and their patients.

  • Clinic attire must be clean and tidy.  The purchasing and cleaning of clinical clothing is the student’s responsibility.    
  • Strong odors such as perfume and aftershave should be avoided since people who are ill frequently become nauseated by even pleasant odors. Daily bathing and use of deodorant are essential.  
  • Hair longer than collar length must be controlled by neatly tying it back or pinning it up in order to prevent hair from coming in contact with patients, germ-laden surfaces, or falling into sterile fields.  It is wise to wash hair daily to safeguard against bacteria and other organisms.  
  • Men should be clean shaven. Beards and moustaches should be kept short and neatly trimmed to prevent hair from coming in contact with patients, germ-laden surfaces, or falling into sterile fields.  
  • Fingernails should be kept short and rounded to avoid injury to patients and damage to equipment. Shorter nails are more hygienic with hand washing. If nail polish is used, avoid faddish or extreme shades such as black, blue, purple, green or yellow colors. No nail jewelry or nail art is allowed. Chipped nail polish, and artificial or extender nails are prohibited. 
  • Jewelry such as long necklaces and elaborate earrings are not permitted since they may scratch a patient, be grasped by a patient, or become caught in equipment. Frequent hand washing makes the wearing of rings and bracelets inconvenient and increases the risk of loss since they should be removed when washing hands. 
  • Body jewelry visible during clinical rotations is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to nose, eyebrow, lip, tongue, and chin jewelry.
  • Tattoos must be appropriately covered during clinical rotations. 

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