I agree with Richard. I have been practicing gynecology and gyn surgery for 30 years. I no longer dress in professional street wear in the office. I wear scrubs every day and wash them as soon as I get home. This is another way the COVID pandemic has changed in our profession.
A good rule of thumb is always about dressing to impress. Generally, Physicians wear professional attire underneath a lab coat, however depending on the organization different requirements may exist. Generally, hospitals or larger medical practices will have a detailed dress code outlining specifics for both men and women, while smaller offices or private practices may vary from a strict, professional dress code expectation. For men, usually a button down with dress slacks, sometimes requiring a tie as well. For women, conservative blouses with dress slacks or skirts, or a professional dress may accepted under the lab coat. For either, it may simply be scrubs under the coat. Considering that humans make a first impression in under three seconds, and that impression will affect trust factors, it's important that MDs look to follow existing guidelines for their practice; and even when dressing down for something like a casual Friday, maintaining a professional appearance is key.
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I guess it depends on if it is an office or hospital environment. Being clean and neat is always a plus. Scrubs are preferred in the world we are in today.