Physician burnout rates are on the rise, and integrated health systems across the country are trying to find ways to keep their physicians, and therefore their patients, happy. One of the easiest ways a hospital can keep their staff more satisfied with their job is by offering an on-the-job perk such as a new uniform program.
Investing in the professional appearance of your physicians tells them that you have confidence in their skills. A sharp and polished appearance also gives patients more trust in their physicians. This ultimately does translate to more satisfied patients, happier doctors, and better health outcomes.
The two main considerations for a new uniform program for your brand or hospital are appearance and function.
According to Brandtwist.com, “Employees care about how they look. An attractive uniform can greatly enhance self-esteem, which in turn improves attitude. One extremely important detail is the fit. Baggy or tight garments can make employees feel self-conscious and less confident in interacting with customers. Other important details include color, fabric, and style, which should reflect the company brand.”
This consideration is especially important in a highly demanding role of a physician. Lab coats and scrubs must be able to stand up to wear and tear, and they must satisfy the demands of the job. This includes being made with highly functional performance fabrics, having plenty of pockets for storage, and a design that doesn’t limit movement.
Last week popular designer lab coat company Medelita released the new versions of two of its most popular lab coats for women.
The new versions of the Callia and Miranda B. lab coats include the same features as the old ones, but with an improved fit.
The design features for the Miranda B. include a peaked lapel, defined waist and skirted back, and lower pockets that create a slimming effect. This is one of the most feminine and flattering lab coats available, and with the improved fit it is now better than ever.
The new fit changes are a better-fitting waist, improved balance in how it drapes over the shoulders and neck, and an overall more flattering silhouette.
Check out the Miranda B. lab coat.
The Callia has been upgraded to fit better as well. With the new fit, this is now a true slim-fit lab coat, meaning it is slightly more fitted than other traditional styles, while still professional and not overly fitted.
This lab coat has very feminine scalloped lapels and patch pockets that can fit a small tablet and anything else you may need to carry. It also features a back waist belt with two buttons, making it stylish and classic.
Check out the Callia M. lab coat.
A decade ago, this headline would not have existed because there existed no lab coats just for women! We’ve come a long way since then, and today there are quite a few different non-unisex options for female professionals working in healthcare.
Choosing a lab coat with pockets appropriate for you is an important factor while shopping for your lab coat, though there are really only two main options.
The first, which you can see here with the Callia M. lab coat from Medelita, is a patch pocket. It looks like a square or rectangle patch that is large enough to fit a small tablet and notebooks, in addition to anything else you need to carry.
The other option is a pocket more like what you would see on a blazer-style jacket. You can see this on the Miranda B. lab coat from Medelita. Though perhaps not as functional since you probably can’t fit an iPad in these pockets, the slanted angle creates a flattering silhouette by slimming with vertical seams.
What do you think? Which lab coat pocket style do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments section!
Nothing says professional like a crisp, white lab coat. The white color is highly significant in the medical profession, as it has come to symbolize cleanliness and purity. Wearing an immaculate white lab coat sends a strong visual signal to your patient that you are diligent and thorough, and instills a greater subconscious sense of trust in your patient-physician relationship.
Here are some tips for keeping your white lab coat as bright and white as the day you got it.
- Separate your colors – seriously. Even light colors can transfer onto whites.
- Don’t use too much detergent, which can leave residue on clothes that acts like a magnet and sticks to dirt.
- Use a bluing agent to remove a yellowish tinge, but make sure to read and follow the instructions.
- Don’t use bleach. White clothing is actually dyed to be white, and bleach can strip the whiteness away leaving behind a dingy greyish color.
- Use white vinegar or lemon to make your whites brighter, by adding 1/4 a cup of vinegar or lemon juice and warm water and letting your whites soak before washing. Do not mix with ammonia products!!
In a traditionally male-dominated field, women are stepping up more than ever to join the medical community as physicians, PAs, nurses, and specialists. These women in medicine are inspirational and demonstrate qualities that make them excellent role models.
Innovative medical apparel brand Medelita has honored the strength and tenacity of modern women in medicine by creating a line of professional lab coats for women clinicians that have been named after strong females who have paved the way for women in medical history.
The Emma W. lab coat is named after Emma Willits, the third woman to specialize in surgery in the United States who played an important role in the development of the Children’s Hospital in San Francisco.
The Vera G. lab coat is named after Vera Gedroitz, the first female surgeon in Russia and one of the first female professors of surgery in the world.
If you’re anything like me, the turn of October has you already planning your fall and winter wardrobe. Usually what people wear in the hot weather couldn’t be more different from cold weather clothes, and that includes everything from fabric, style, cold protection, and colors.
Winter white is personally one of my favorite parts of the changing seasons. It’s crisp, clean, and always makes you look effortlessly put together. It goes with everything, and is reminiscent of a beautiful white snowfall the day after a blizzard.
It recently occurred to me that lab coats are, in fact, the perfect shade of winter white! This makes sense, as the popularity of white in the winter is probably due to the snow, which is most beautiful in its pristine form – the pure sheet of white that you see before cars start driving over it and it turns into slush.
Similarly, the doctors coat is a striking white color because of the purity and cleanliness it represents.
One of the most frequent ways to ruin your lab coat is that beverage you’re always drinking: coffee stains. Coffee is unavoidable if you work in medicine, and if you’re human, spills will happen.
If you have a cheap lab coat or one that is made of cotton or other natural fibers, unfortunately you probably can’t do too much except throw that lab coat away. That’s because natural fibers tend to absorb liquids really quickly and cling to the colors that created the stain.
If you’ve made the (smart and practical) decision to get yourself a high-quality lab coat made of performance fabrics, there’s a high probability you will be able to get that stain out! As a matter of fact, if you take a look at the reviews for this brand of white lab coats, you’ll see a lot of people have had no problem rinsing out coffee stains because of the durable, technological fabrics they use.
Here are the steps you should take to save your lab coat from a coffee stain:
- Rinse the stain immediately. Literally, as soon as you can get to a faucet, rinse the stain. Don’t bother with trying to spot clean. It’s not going to work.
- Apply a stain remover to the brown patch. The designers at Medelita have recommended OxyClean, but the most important thing is to take action as soon as you can. The sooner you apply the stain remover, the better chances you can salvage your coat!
- Launder as normal with NO BLEACH. The stain should have been released during the wash, and if you have a lab coat made of performance fabric then the bleach will wear down the fibers.
No doubt you have heard this saying throughout your professional life:
Dress for the job that you want, not for the job that you have.
For most professionals this is sound advice. In the business world, how can you expect to advance your career if you don’t look the part? There’s no second chance for a first impression, and presenting yourself professionally is a huge visual cue for whether or not people will take you seriously in the workplace.
But for doctors, it’s a little different because you’ve already put in the dirty work to get the job that you want! Pat yourself on the back, because the path to becoming a doctor is certainly not an easy one.
Given the amount of time, energy, and hours of sleep you sacrificed to your medical career, doesn’t it make sense to dress like someone who takes their job seriously? By this I mean, why take the risk of your patients or colleagues not taking you as seriously because you’re wearing sloppy, wrinkled scrubs and a cheap-fitting lab coat?
It would be nice if we lived in a world where people didn’t judge books by their cover. But we don’t, and they do. Whether subconsciously or not, people tend to make assumptions based on your visual appearance. For this reason, it’s worth it to invest a little more in your professional appearance by upgrading to the high quality, tailored medical uniforms that are available today.
Looking at these two lab coats, it’s hard to decide which hemline I like better. These defining features are one of the things that make it worth it to spend a little extra on a designer lab coat, and it’s even better that there now exist many styles of lab coats for women so that you really can decide on a lab coat that better suits your personal style.
As you can see, the Callia lab coat is infused with feminine elements – check out the slight curve in the hemline and the beautiful rounded collar. Simple, elegant, and flattering – but still professional!
The Vera G. has a modern style and is still professional.
I’m also a big fan of the Vera G. lab coat, which is crisp and polished with straight lines and a modern cut. It’s equally flattering and stylish as the Callia, but with a slightly edgier look.
I give up – it’s impossible to decide which one I like better! At the end of the day, your choice of lab coat style should be one that reflects your own personal and professional style. Luckily, there are a lot of options for you to choose from as a woman in medicine.
It’s a waste of time and money to buy a lab coat or set of scrubs at one place, and then have to search around for a nice shop that will embroider them for you. Want your logo to be embroidered as well? That’s going to take even longer, and most embroidery facilities may not be able to reproduce your logo as well as you would like.
If you’re looking for new lab coats or scrubs and you know you’re going to want embroidery, you should buy your garments from a place that does their own embroidery in house as well. Medelita is a brand that does their ordering, fulfillment, and embroidery all under the same roof. This is not only a time and money saver for you, it also means that your lab coat will be embroidered with the same quality of the clothes that are being embroidered.
Medelita offers both name and title embroidery, as well as custom logo embroidery. If you do choose to get your logo embroidered, it will take a little longer because the brand’s embroidery artists will send you a sample of your embroidered logo for you to approve, and they’ll work with you to make adjustments until you are satisfied with it.
Check out their featured weekly logos to see some examples of fine embroidered logos.
As for regular name and title embroidery, you can choose from almost 20 different colors and 3 different font styles. The majority of Medelita’s orders are actually requested with embroidery, so they really know what they’re doing when it comes to personalized embroidery for your lab coat and scrubs.