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In my office currently the doctors and hygienists wear white lab coats and the DAs wear blue lab coats. My doctor wants me (and my fellow hygienists) to quit wearing out white lab coats and start wearing a colored lab coat like the dental assistants. His compromise is that we would get a similar but different blue coat. His reasoning is that patients are confused about who the doctors are in the office. We have three female hygienists and all males doctors, including our specialists.
My personal opinion is that I worked hard for my degree and my license and one of the perks of that is that I get to wear a white coat. I am a provider in the practice just like them. Also, we have bios (with pictures and titles) available at the front desk of each provider in the practice. The doctors have their names on the front door. Bottom line, I don’t think patients confuse us for the doctors.
How would you respond? Would you give up your white coat?



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I guess ultimately it is up to the doctors.. In my current office we all wear blue, including the doctors. In my previous office we all wore white. I personally like when everyone wears the same color.

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I could see how patients would get confused, I would typically think of a doctor wearing the “white coat”. In my office we all wear blue jackets (hygienists and assistants). Our name tags have our title so patients know I’m the hygienist. My doctor wears a light blue gown over his nice shirt and pants. I agree with Lrskda though, it is nice that everyone wears the same color, gives the office the “team” feel.

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