I used to think it was a little extreme to set your white coat on fire.
But after 11 months of wearing it every day, I’m beginning to think that not only is burning it a fine idea, but that nuking it from space may in fact be more hygienic. I totally get what those graduating 4th years were doing with the matches on the roof now.
Seriously, when I washed my white coats today, I tried twice unsuccessfully before realizing I needed to use half a bottle of bleach (bravely ignoring all manufacturer’s directions!) to even begin to scrub out the pen stains, coffee stains, and accidental foundation-on-the-collar incidents.
I was trying to wash my white coats because yesterday I did a psychiatric intake interview while wearing a white cardigan, and the nurse assumed I was just a family member with a clipboard.
… She had a point.
Anyway, I’ve begun to sneak out of the dark blue funk of med school burnout that I’ve been in. I felt like I almost actually did something good for that psychiatric patient. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
… I don’t usually feel like I do something good for psychiatry patients.
Then last night my neurology preceptor took me and another student out for a few rounds of beer. We talked about med school, residency, and the future in general.
Tonight, if you’re interviewing for a med school program that encourages interviewees to have a beer with current students, you should definitely show up. I’ll be there.
It’ll be the best.
Try using Oxyclean Free. Far superior to bleach for getting your whites back to white.
… This is quite possibly the most useful comment I’ve ever received.
Thanks! Gonna try it this weekend! Maybe it will save me $40 for a new white coat! EXCLAMATION MARKS.
Yeah. If Oxyclean Free can’t make them white, they were never white to begin with. Extended soak in a 5-gallon bucket or your bathtub before washing will set you up.
Oxy Free does work wonders. For very stubborn stains try Fels Naptha; it’s a bar of soap found in the laundry aisle. Just get the bar wet when you chunk the coat in and scrub it a bit on the stain. Toss it in with oxy free and the stains come right out.
Never wear a white coat. Wear a suit and tie. In physician One Upmanship this works in all situations.