VCOM College Catalog and Student Handbook
• When in the role of the patient, students may keep their T-shirts, scrub wear, or sweatshirt/pants on until an area of the body needs exposed for examination and/or palpation. When an area of the body needs exposed for examination and/or palpation, the student must remove the additional layers of clothing and adhere to the following dress: o Upper Body: Male Students - Bare skin Female Students - Sports bra or bathing suit top that must expose the spine and ribs, not wide t-back styles Students with religious dress requirements may keep on a buttoned-up shirt (either put on backwards or forwards depending on which area of the body needs examined) over their sports bra so that it can be unbuttoned/undraped during evaluation that requires exposure of the upper body. The shirt may be immediately buttoned after that portion of clinical skills training. Should this hinder the learning experience of their partner, the student will be asked to remove the shirt for examination/palpation in their sports bra. Hats or head coverings (other than for religious purposes) are not permitted in lab.
Religious head coverings must be modified when necessary to allow palpation when they would obscure the immediate area to be examined or treated (e.g., head, neck, upper back). Modifications can include: adjustment of the covering permitting unobstructed palpation beneath the covering or substitution of a thinner material that allows for adequate evaluation and treatment. The head covering may be immediately replaced after that portion of clinical skills training. Shorts which are several inches above the knee (no jean shorts, cut-offs, thick seamed shorts, spandex, short shorts or knee length shorts) Students with religious dress requirements may keep on loose fitting scrubs or sweatpants over their shorts so that they can be rolled up above the knee during evaluation that requires exposure of the lower leg. The pants may be immediately unrolled after that portion of clinical skills training. Should this hinder the learning experience of their partner, the student will be asked to remove the pants for examination/palpation in their shorts. Shoes must be removed (no shoes are permitted on the tables).
o Lower Body:
Male and Female Students:
Dress Code in Clinical Settings In clinical settings professional dress is expected at all times while on duty. Students should be clean and neatly dressed. Students should be aware they are working with the public and personal hygiene is of the utmost importance. Please be aware that unpleasant odors including strong colognes and perfumes may trigger sensitivities in some patients and students may be sent home by the precepting faculty. Except in the surgical suite, delivery room, or emergency room where hospital scrubs may be worn, professional dress is required. However, hospital scrubs but may not be worn when commuting to and from the hospital. Foot attire for students should include casual dress shoes or closed toe shoes unless an open toe shoe is approved by precepting faculty. Casual sandals are not allowed in the clinical setting. High heel shoes must be short enough to be functional in the clinical setting. No tennis shoes are allowed unless pre-approved by the precepting faculty. Jeans are not allowed in the clinical setting. Male students should wear a collared shirt and tie and a white coat. At the discretion of the precepting faculty, a collared shirt or sweater may replace a tie. Female students should wear a
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