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Dress formally, medicos told

At a time when the issue of dress code is causing waves across the country, students of government medical colleges in the city have been asked to dress “formally” while in classes and wards.

Officials said that they have only reinforced the need to come neatly dressed to colleges and they were not enforcing a particular dress code. There are no written orders either, they added.

“We just want them to be dressed neatly in line with their profession. We had already asked the students not to wear jeans and t-shirts,” said an official.

Many years ago, Tamil Nadu Dr. MGR Medical University prescribed “dress regulations” in hospitals for undergraduate medical students, particularly during patient examinations. These regulations are still on the university’s website, students said.

A senior official of a college said, “We have only requested the students to dress neatly, especially while attending classes and treating patients. Boys should wear formal shirts and pants. The shirts should be tucked in and shoes are mandatory,” he said.

Girls have been asked to choose between a sari and salwar kameez and churidhar, and to keep their hair tied up. “Decades ago, medical students wore a white uniform. Now, there is no such restriction,” he added.

A postgraduate medical student said girls are asked not to wear a lot of jewellery or flowers. Long nails with polish are also frowned upon. “But making shoes mandatory for boys cannot be accepted. It is difficult to wear them the entire day in this climate,” he said.

A senior doctor said avoiding flowers and rings on fingers are unwritten rules for doctors. “This is because the ring could slip off and fall. Students usually dress neatly to college and I have not seen any unruly behaviour on campuses. When girl students come to obstetrics and gynaecology unit, the staff ensure their hair is tied in a bun,” said a senior doctor.


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