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So I’m currently a nurse and therefore own a bunch of scrubs. If I get into medical school, will these scrubs ever be useful again or while working in hospital we would always be provided with scrubs (outside of COVID times)? Or do you wear other attire? Thank you!

Oh also, if anyone was an RN who went into medical school or knows someone who did, did they keep paying their yearly fee to renew their nursing license while in medical school? Curious what people typically do. Thank you!

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2 hours ago, RN_to_MD said:

Oh also, if anyone was an RN who went into medical school or knows someone who did, did they keep paying their yearly fee to renew their nursing license while in medical school? Curious what people typically do. Thank you!

A lot of nurses in med school work during summers and/or part-time during the school year, so I imagine that they’d be paying their yearly fees!

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5 hours ago, RN_to_MD said:

So I’m currently a nurse and therefore own a bunch of scrubs. If I get into medical school, will these scrubs ever be useful again or while working in hospital we would always be provided with scrubs (outside of COVID times)? Or do you wear other attire? Thank you!

Oh also, if anyone was an RN who went into medical school or knows someone who did, did they keep paying their yearly fee to renew their nursing license while in medical school? Curious what people typically do. Thank you!

Because of Covid, lots of specialists have opted to wear scrubs instead of business clothes. For non-surgical rotations, I wear my own scrubs that I bought online.

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9 hours ago, RN_to_MD said:

So I’m currently a nurse and therefore own a bunch of scrubs. If I get into medical school, will these scrubs ever be useful again or while working in hospital we would always be provided with scrubs (outside of COVID times)? Or do you wear other attire? Thank you!

Oh also, if anyone was an RN who went into medical school or knows someone who did, did they keep paying their yearly fee to renew their nursing license while in medical school? Curious what people typically do. Thank you!

good evening! You would be provided with them but perhaps not in the numbers you may be used to. There are a lot of scrub machines with a 2 max limit - which in theory is fine, but the annoyance if you somehow misplace a top is annoying to say the least. Plus it is very annoying when they run out of your size for some reason

I actually got my own on top of the ones provided for that reason, which was useful I think. 

Some definitely kept it up as they could still work if they wanted - it is a nice safety position to have. Most of the time you don't work just for money as a med student as you have limited time to become competitive for your residency applications and of course learning the material (eye on the prize and all that). 

 

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If they're just scrubs of various shades you should keep them because there's a decent chance you'll use them, even if only a few times in the next coming years. Often for elective rotations at other institutions you are responsible for your own scrubs.

If they're the decorated looking/flowery scrubs there's a chance you may not want them because you will get confused for a nurse/tech (you'll get annoyed by requests for things you aren't responsible for).

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On 1/6/2021 at 7:11 PM, rmorelan said:

good evening! You would be provided with them but perhaps not in the numbers you may be used to. There are a lot of scrub machines with a 2 max limit - which in theory is fine, but the annoyance if you somehow misplace a top is annoying to say the least. Plus it is very annoying when they run out of your size for some reason

I actually got my own on top of the ones provided for that reason, which was useful I think. 

Some definitely kept it up as they could still work if they wanted - it is a nice safety position to have. Most of the time you don't work just for money as a med student as you have limited time to become competitive for your residency applications and of course learning the material (eye on the prize and all that). 

 

Thank you! Yeah I’d imagine I wouldn’t have much time to work :) 

1 hour ago, 1D7 said:

If they're just scrubs of various shades you should keep them because there's a decent chance you'll use them, even if only a few times in the next coming years. Often for elective rotations at other institutions you are responsible for your own scrubs.

If they're the decorated looking/flowery scrubs there's a chance you may not want them because you will get confused for a nurse/tech (you'll get annoyed by requests for things you aren't responsible for).

Yeah they’re just basic, solid colours like black, blue, grey, etc. So at some point in med school, you’re responsible for your own scrubs? That helps a lot, thank you! 

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49 minutes ago, RN_to_MD said:

Thank you! Yeah I’d imagine I wouldn’t have much time to work :) 

Yeah they’re just basic, solid colours like black, blue, grey, etc. So at some point in med school, you’re responsible for your own scrubs? That helps a lot, thank you! 

as a med student you never are in my experience. They will be provided for clinical work at least. I still found them useful for things (like anatomy lab just to start with). 

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5 hours ago, rmorelan said:

as a med student you never are in my experience. They will be provided for clinical work at least. I still found them useful for things (like anatomy lab just to start with). 

For clerkship, is the attire dependent on the rotation you’re doing? Is it sometimes business attire? I work on a surgical floor so I work with McGill gen/surg and gyne-onc residents who are obviously in scrubs but haven’t noticed what the medical students wear to be honest lol. Really this info is all for curiosity sake (and for future reference to know if I’ll be potentially getting rid of all my scrubs) but I thank you guys for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it :) 

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13 hours ago, RN_to_MD said:

For clerkship, is the attire dependent on the rotation you’re doing? Is it sometimes business attire? I work on a surgical floor so I work with McGill gen/surg and gyne-onc residents who are obviously in scrubs but haven’t noticed what the medical students wear to be honest lol. Really this info is all for curiosity sake (and for future reference to know if I’ll be potentially getting rid of all my scrubs) but I thank you guys for taking the time to answer my questions, I really appreciate it :) 

depends on what rotation you are on as you mention. I wore scrubs mostly when I was on surgery rotations. The rest was more business casual attire. 

 

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Before COVID, pretty much the only time you'd be wearing scrubs (and those would HAVE to be hospital supplied ones) was on a surgical rotation, otherwise business. There also are some technicalities. For instance, on an ortho rotation, you'd be expected to dress business on a clinic day. ER docs typically wear scrubs too but usually their own instead of the ugly hospital supplied ones. The rest of the time, you're not wearing scrubs altough, again, there are some exceptions. For instance, some procedure oriented IM specialists like GI or cardio will tend to wear scrubs or a scrub top when they're doing procedures. A radiologist doing fluoroscopy guided procedures or ultra sound might decide to wear scrubs (altough many don't), etc.

Might seem complicated but bottom line is: scrubs pretty much only on surgery.

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