Re: Tzniut(modesty) in Medical school

RabbiMarkS@aol.com
Sun, 23 Feb 1997 17:58:34 -0500 (EST)

Aimee Friedman wrote:
<< I was wondering if someone could give me advice - I am a frum female
medical student concerned about the upcoming third year of my training.
Many of the clerkships (i.e. surgery, etc.) require that one wears 'scrubs'
- - a non-tzniut (modest) top and pants. I would appreciate some feedback
from rabbonim and/or female doctors.>>

I have spoken to some doctor friends of mine and they say skirt scrubs are
available so you need not wear pants. If the shirts are too low cut wear a
clean white undershirt to cover yourself and wear a much larger size than
normal so the sleeves will cover you properly. This is from a tznius point
of view.

A Rabbinic perspective requires me to caution a doctor or resident to not
get caught up in something that might hinder the care of someone ill. Better
for your elbows to be slightly exposed than losing a patient.

Rabbi Mark Schaffel
RabbiMarkS@AOL.com