Does it matter if doctors wear white coats?
Dressing to impress
From germs to patient perception: Here’s what to consider when you’re considering the traditional physician garb. DOs who proudly wear their white coats and those whose coats live in their closets both weigh in. “I’m not opposed to physicians taking off their white coats in the office as they see appropriate, but it still sends a loud message about who we are and what we stand for in medicine,” says Anita Showalter, DO, associate dean at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.