KUMC Student Dress Code

We acknowledge the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School at Houston for providing a basis for this dress code.

Students have the freedom to choose their mode of dress in most instances. However, in such cases where students are functioning as medical professionals, either with clinical patients or simulated patients, dress must be appropriate and professional.  A professional image increases credibility and safety while fostering patient trust, respect, and confidence. Non-adherence to the dress code can have negative effects on patient care and could diminish the reputation of the medical school, as well as the aesthetic of KUMC, affiliated hospitals and clinics. Specific questions regarding these guidelines should first be addressed with the appropriate clerkship coordinator or course director. The Associate Dean of Student Affairs shall handle questions beyond the scope of the clerkship coordinator / course director, with final discretion by the Academic Committee.

When students are working with patients, they are expected to conform to the dress requirements of the supervisory clinical department. In the absence of an expressed policy, the following guidelines exist for 1st / 2nd year clinical skills teaching patient / preceptor sessions, standardized patients, and 3rd / 4thyear clerkships:

Grooming Standards:

  • Practice daily oral hygiene.
  • Bathe daily and use effective deodorant.
  • Heavily scented toiletries should be avoided.
  • Hair (including facial hair): Should be clean and neat. Well-groomed, closely trimmed beards, sideburns, and mustaches are allowed but must not interfere with personal protective gear.
  • Nails: Should be conservative in length and neatly manicured. Artificial nails (acrylic, etc.) are not allowed due to safety concerns.
  • Make-up: Should be conservative and in good taste.


  • Jewelry/Piercings: Should be appropriate and professional.  Body piercing and associated jewelry is permitted in the ears and nose only and must be appropriate.  Nose piercings are limited to a single, simple, non-protruding stud.  No other visible body piercing is permitted.
  • White coats: Should be worn in appropriate patient care settings and appear clean and neat. They should be regularly laundered for infectious control.
  • Skirts: Skirt length shall be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee. Split skirts and dress shorts are permitted, provided they fall within the skirt guidelines.
  • Pants: Should be professional.
  • Shoes: Should be closed toed and clean appearing.  Flip-flops are not permitted.  Tennis shoes are only appropriate with scrubs.


  • Revealing clothing is not permitted
  • Proper undergarments shall be worn and not visible.
  • Appropriate socks or hosiery must be worn.
  • All readily coverable tattoos should be appropriately covered so as not to be visible.

Last modified: Mar 31, 2017