Scrubby Vogue Doctor Graduates!
Welcome to my first attempt at writing something other than patient updates or post-it notes! Growing up my goal was to be a doctor – I wore doctor’s scrubs to play rugby and breed animals in my backyard. I am officially graduating in May and heading to the East coast to begin my Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency!
Now that I guess I can officially wear scrubs, I have found that though they are comfortable, it feels better to express who I am through personal style. However, the medical field is somewhat conservative, and it is often hard to meld fashion and professionalism as a woman. My goal is to do just that!
Being able to relate to people is a must as a physician – it instills confidence in my patients and helps forge a bond where healthcare is the common goal. With women becoming more successful in previously male dominated work environments, we are establishing a new dress code of ‘feminine professional’. Being able to still relate to the public will help us to integrate our new roles in society’s most successful work places and keep our identity as the female sex. A professional woman that can not only comment on the most recent United States Preventative Task Force recommendations for PAP smears, but also exudes confidence in a chic outfit is one who demonstrates the ability to relate to people – this is my goal as a physician. I want to help people navigate the world of pregnancy, while maintaining my identity as a young female. Professionalism is a definite must as we cover new ground, but it does not seem necessary to shun bright colours and interesting prints – especially when it gives one a sense of being up-to-date or ‘on the ball’ with society at large.
As is so often shown in InStyle and Vogue, achieving the not-so-over-the-top appearance is about finding balance. Though the silk, transparent blouse I wore out last night might appeal to the male population for happy hour on a Tuesday night, it might not have the same appeal when reaching down to deliver my newest patient’s first child. Perhaps a very exciting leopard print dress in a more conservative wrap style with a cardigan and limited jewelry would help give you an edge, but also maintain the strong, in control persona one needs for a time like this.
Whether you are in the medical profession, or happen to be in another field where personal style is difficult to express, feedback from colleagues can often be difficult to receive. Follow my updates as I test out what works and what doesn’t in a very conservative area that is quickly becoming female dominated. I hope to be able to get feedback that I can pass on to you to help you rock your new job interview or stand out – in that good way – at your office party. When moving from the classroom to the hospital, it was difficult to find the perfect bag that could hold my case files, clip board, pens and Starbucks travel mug and not look like I was heading to the college library. My green crocodile snakeskin Dansko shoes are my best friend when on-call in the hospital, but I would love to be able to wear a comfortable pair of very stylish heels in the clinic (Found them! A pair of patent-leather faux-crocodile heels I wore for interview season). Style has not always been my number one priority (ask my family) – but, in recent years, I have wanted to find an identity outside of medicine. It has been in the sourcing out of my Fossil bag for trips to the hospital, finding the perfect shoes for the hours of walking around during interviews and my newest vintage Diane VonFurstenburg wrap dress that I have developed my passion for fashion.
I’m hoping this new blog and my website will help women maintain or develop their own sense of style, while continuing to exude a grounded confidence – the new vogue feminine professional.
The Vogue Doctor