GME Policy: Professional Dress Code

Policy Statement

Every resident/fellow is a representative of the University of Minnesota and of the hospital at which they are completing their GME training. Resident/Fellows are expected to project a professional and positive image to patients, visitors, and fellow employees. Residents/Fellows should present a good appearance, including good personal grooming and hygiene, appropriate dress for the work being performed, and by wearing proper hospital identification while training. Trainees are expected to dress according to generally accepted professional standards appropriate for their training program.  Each individual’s training program may set more specific guidelines for dress code. Each individual’s training program may evaluate and make determinations regarding dress code policy compliance.

Reason for Policy

To establish guidelines to ensure that the resident/fellows portray a professional image to the patients, visitors, and fellow employees that allows for the safe performance of job duties when working at a trainee hospital location.


General Dress Guidelines

The resident/fellow’s personal appearance while on duty, or in areas where contact with patients or their families is possible, shall be neat, clean, professional.

Professional Dress

Professional Dress

Blouses, sweaters, suit or sport jackets,professional shirts, dress shirts, sweaters, polo-type shirts, turtlenecks, dress pants, slacks,trousers, khaki type slacks, skirts, dresses, skirted suits, professional dresses and skirts with or without slits should be knee length or longer.

Tight fitting or revealing garments, blue jeans, or items of clothing imprinted with advertising or objectionable language are prohibited.  


Closed-toed shoes that completely cover and protect the tops and sides of feet should be worn.

Lab Coat/ Scrub Suits

Lab coats and scrub suits should be worn as directed by the applicable program, and should be clean and without signs of wear or stains.

ID Badge

The trainee’s identification badges are to be worn at all times at the trainee hospital. ID Badges need to be visible and worn above the waist.


Grooming Guidelines


Fragrance is strongly discouraged due to patient sensitivities and allergies.

Facial Hair

Mustaches and beards should be clean, neatly groomed, and moderate.


Fingernails are to be kept clean and neatly trimmed and of an appropriate length to perform job duties.  Artificial nails are prohibited from being worn by any direct patient care staff.


Hair shall be neat, clean, of a natural occurring or naturally occurring dyed color. Extreme haircuts are inappropriate.


Jewelry or body piercing should not interfere with direct patient care or other on duty responsibilities.


Additional Resources

Subject Contact Phone Email
Policy Christy Illig 612-626-0631




February 28, 2017 -The Professional Dress Code Policy was reviewed by the RLC in comparison to Dress Code Policies of similar GME hospital sites, locally and regionally. The comparison provided a need for more specific descriptions to the current policy. The policy statement language was updated completely to encompass an overview of the policy and recognizes that each program specifically may have separate guidelines. General dress guidelines were established. An in-detail description of appropriate and inappropriate ‘Professional Dress’ and ‘Grooming Guidelines’ were established. The GMEC approved the updated Professional Dress Code Policy on February 28th, 2017 at the GMEC monthly meeting.


December 2002