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Is it unprofessional to have tattoos as a doctor?


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Estelle’s Answer

This is a very tricky question. Tattoos are becoming very popular across all areas of society and are a valuable mode of self expression to many people. However, they can be very distracting in certain situations. When you are taking care of people, they often want to ask about tattoos that people have and their origin story. They may actually ask very personal questions. So consider where tattoos are placed and who you want to notice them.

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Abby’s Answer

You will get differing opinions about this but overall you having tattoos does not get in the way of you being a great doctor. If a hospital won't hire you because of your tattoos than maybe it's not the right fit for you and your personal values and beliefs. You want to work somewhere you feel appreciated, valued, and like you can go to work everyday feeling like your true self. If you're hard working and truly the best fit for a job than tattoos won't get in the way of that :)

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Grant’s Answer

I can't think of a situation where having a clearly visible tattoo is going to be a "plus" for landing a white collar job. At best, nobody will care, but the fact that you are even wondering if it could be detrimental should be telling.

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Suvidha’s Answer

I agree with the response above to some degree but in my opinion, all that should matter is if you're good as a doctor or not.. These personal choices (how you dress-up, tattoos, piercings etc..) really should not matter! No matter what you want to be in future, these personal choices should not interfere with your professional world. However, our world is not at that ideal stage yet! There are people who will judge you based on your appearance (with or without tattoos!) and it's up to you to decide if you're ok to face it and change people's perception or not :)

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Kimberly’s Answer

While tattoos are becoming more acceptable, it depends on the specialty, where you live, and who you are working for. The hospital system I used to work for required all tattoos and piercings (female and male) to be covered. (Women were also required to wear panty hose while wearing a dress or skirt.) The elderly population also may not be as receptive to one.

If you are considering one - besides waiting one year until you are really sure, think about where you want it and if it can easily be covered.

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