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

I ran across two great quotes regarding the white coat today:

  • In a piece in 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.


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