Pink scrubs

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:277
  1. Elizabeth A Rider, director of Programs for Communication Skills, John D Stoeckle Center for Primary Care Innovation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA
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    My fellow medical students and I peer through the window into the operating room. It is filled with busy people in a sea of pink and blue scrubs—our first look into the world of surgery.

    It is my first clerkship in 1987. Having grown up with my father being an eye surgeon, I find the operating room intriguing. I feel connected with our attending physician and the other three students, all men. …

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