Personal Apperance and Dress Code

The following standards of dress and safety are in effect at all times and in settings where patients or standardized patients may be present. The expectation is for all students to adhere to the following grooming and clothing standards. Some hospitals may have additional requirements.

Any student whose appearance, image or hygiene is inconsistent with this policy will be counseled and may be sent home to change clothes/remediate the situation.  Continued disregard of the policy will result in disciplinary action.

  • Professional attire is clean, neat, moderate in style and appropriate for the type of work being performed.  Clothing that is revealing or tight fitting is not professional and therefore inappropriate. Clothing should be clean, not wrinkled, torn, faded or frayed. Fabric such as denim, sweat-jersey, and lycra are not appropriate. Hooded attire is not appropriate.
  • No team/political/graphic logos or buttons on attire. Students will avoid wearing accessories on their clothing or person that could present a safety and/or infection hazard, or are embarrassing or offensive to patients.
  • Sandals and flip flops are unacceptable.
  • No exposed midriffs.
  • Students are responsible for maintaining appropriate levels of personal hygiene.
  • Fragrance use is discouraged in consideration of patients. Makeup or perfume/aftershave/cologne should not overdone.
  • Extreme or eccentric hairstyles and colors are inappropriate.
  • Visible body piercing should be minimal. Multiple earlobe piercings should be removed. Eyebrow and tongue piercings should be removed. Nose rings are not acceptable. Exposed tattoos are discouraged. Tattoos should be covered when possible. 
  • The hospital issued ID badge and TUSM school ID is considered part of the required uniform and is to be worn above the waist at all times while on the premises, visible, front facing so that name, title and photo are visible. The badge cannot be altered, changed or obscured in any way.