Professionalism & Dress Codes

Presenting yourself in a professional manner is the first step in establishing your professional identity. As an ACGME Core Competency, professionalism is an essential aspect of being a doctor, so maintaining a professional appearance is inherent in your future career. As such, AmeriClerkships Medical Society requires our members to adhere to this professional standard through a dress code similar to those found in any residency program. By becoming a member of AmeriClerkships, you are engaging in a society of future and current doctors, and it is essential to maintain a high level of professionalism at all time. The professional dress code is as follows:

  • Member agrees to be a professional and appropriate at all times, and by adhering to this dress code agree to follow professional and dress requirements.
  • Member must NOT engage in any activity that would jeopardize the relationship that AMS has established with each supervising physician, hospital, residency program.  Member agrees to strictly adhere to any and all policies outlined in this code, the AMS Clinical Orientation, and any other policies and orientations specific to each clinical site.  
  • Professional attire is expected at all times:
    • A short white lab coat over professional dress (or possibly scrubs in a surgical rotation and acceptable to that clinical site), is acceptable.
    • Low-rise scrub pants and rolling down the waistband of scrub pants is prohibited.  
    • Hair should be clean, neatly trimmed, and contained in such a manner that it does not risk coming in contact with the patient or visitors.  
    • Member should dress in the same manner as those who provide direct patient care, as specified by OSHA standards.  
    • At all times, Members must wear socks or stockings and shoes with impermeable enclosed toes.  
    • Shoes are constructed of an impervious, non-absorbent material, clean and in good repair.  
    • If Member’s clothing or uniform becomes contaminated with blood, body fluids, or hazardous chemicals, Member must exchange soiled clothing for scrubs, per Safety policy SA 60-10.02 Handling Contaminated Clothing.
    • Cologne/aftershave/perfume are not allowed in patient care areas.  
    • Fingernails must be kept clean, well-cared for, and no longer than 1/4 inch from fingertip in length.  Artificial and long natural fingernails are not permitted.  The definition of artificial fingernails includes, but is not limited to, acrylic nails, all overlays, tips, bondings, extensions, tapes, inlays, and wraps.  Nail jewelry is not permitted.  Nail polish, if worn, must be well maintained.  Chipped nail polish is not allowed.  
    • Additional Directions on Attire: clothing needs to be clean and not wrinkled.  Undergarments should not show.  Chest should not show, even when leaning or bending over.  No jeans/western cut pants, sweatshirts, and shirts of underwear type, see-through clothing, sleeveless shirts or any clothing which exposes a bare midriff, back, chest or underwear. Skirts must be knee length or longer.  Appearance must be clean and neat. Shoes are to be closed toed, in good repair and no canvas shoes or flip flops. The Picture ID issued by the facility (if processed through the Security or Medical Staff Office, when applicable) is to be worn above the waist and in clear view when in clinical agencies. The following are not allowed:
      • Faded, torn, ripped or frayed clothing; Midriff or off-the-shoulder shirts, sweaters, or dresses;
      • Tight, sheer, or revealing clothing;
      • Clothing with advertisements, sayings, or logos, with the exception of AMS-approved apparel when worn as part of the uniform;
      • Spaghetti strap or strapless shirts or dresses;
      • Denim jeans, shorts or sports attire;
      • Hats, caps, bandanas, plastic hair bags/shower caps (particularly worn within buildings) unless for medical conditions or safety purposes or established religious customs;
      • Visible body piercing/jewelry except for ears;
      • Visible tattooing on face, neck, arms or hands; tattoos larger than 1 inch in size that are graphic/disturbing, e.g., displaying violence, drugs, sex, alcohol, tobacco products.