Look Good, Play Good: The Psychology Behind Professional Dress - LECOM

Look Good, Play Good: The Psychology Behind Professional Dress

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

At fairs, presentations, and even on interview day, one of the most frequently asked questions from prospective applicants to our admissions representatives is about our dress code. Here at LECOM, we require students to wear professional clothes during regular business hours. So, why do we do it?

What They See: An article in Psychology Today found that the first impression is often made within the first three seconds, barely enough time to say hello and finish the oft-lauded firm handshake. Your future patients are already forming opinions on you right as you walk into the room. We want our students to be able to make the most of those first three seconds in order to come off as trustworthy, knowledgeable, and confident.

How You Feel: However, studies have also found that dressing to impress is a two-way street. Research indicates that subjects who don lab coats, traditionally associated with knowledge and carefulness, were significantly more attentive to tasks compared to those who were wearing painter’s coats and attempting the same tasks. It’s a feeling that many of our students get when they first receive their white coats each fall – and one that never truly fades away.

Starting Early: From a student’s first day at LECOM until they finally retire after years of practice, we want them to look, and perhaps more importantly feel, comfortable and confident. Our dress code helps build a foundation for this future success. Learn more about our commitment to professionalism by visiting https://buff.ly/2OmtqZo

Written by Jordan Koper, Pharmacy Admissions Coordinator

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