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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Short White Coat

Short White Coat is our new blog, written by first-year Harvard medical student Ishani Ganguli. Ishani's posts will appear here, as part of White Coat Notes.

Call it a testament to the media’s role in education, or total cluelessness on my part: I discovered today, when reading Liz Kowalczyk’s piece in the Globe on the white coat hierarchy and in a subsequent conversation with a fourth-year friend, that my classmates and I may be wearing the hip-length version of the white coat through our residency training and even as attending (senior) physicians. So much for the distinguishing mark of a medical student.

I will argue, however, that the true mark of a medical student can still be considered the wearing of said coat outside the hospital. Residents and even higher-up med students usually know better. While first-years are still enamored by the short-white look, my guess is that one wants to shed the garment as soon as possible after wearing it for twenty-four hours straight.

I got a welcoming e-mail today from Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and, dare I say, a fellow blogger. After the initial shock that someone besides my mother -- and a health care honcho at that -- read my first entry, I was pleased to see today’s great equalizer, the blogosphere, at work.

I’d read about the "blogging community" before, but as a newly inducted member, I’m looking forward to more such interactions as well as conversations with readers. Please feel free to e-mail me at shortwhitecoat@gmail.com with ideas, concerns, or general musings on medical education.

Posted by Ishani Ganguli at 06:52 PM
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