And another tradition is thrown out the window.
B Sun wrote wrote:
Generations of first-year residents at Johns Hopkins Hospital have worn a short white coat as they made rounds and treated patients.
The coat was different than the the longer style the other residents wore. It was meant to symbolize a year of learning — that residents were not true physicians until they spent some time on the job caring for patients.
But starting with the newest class of residents in Hopkins’ Osler Medical Training Program, the short white coat will be retired. A younger generation of residents increasingly found the short coat offensive and said it unnecessarily distinguished them from the other residents.
As complaints about the coat length crescendoed each year, the head of the oldest resident program in the country thought it best to give up the tradition.