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N2O
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 2:45 pm    Post subject: tattoos and piercings. Reply with quote

Maybe the wrong board for this, but oh well. Adrian can move it if that's teh case.

So I got into monash next year and am wrapped. However, I have several facial piercings and visible arm tattoo's. Has medicine progressed at all, or am I likely to have to remove my piercings (at least for placements) and cover the tats?

Seems like a silly question, but I work with people all the time, and have never had a problem with them.
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Adrian
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey N2O, yeah I did have to move it but it does make me think we need a med-school issues forum. Will have a chat to the forum owner about that!

I don't know much about how much you need to cover up, but I would be interested to know as well. I guess you could probably get away with some tats and piercings, but you'd probably have to get rid of bull-rings and cover-up full sleeves! I doubt they'd make you get rid of flesh-tunnels - they don't look so hot when you take them out...
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p2409
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: tattoos and piercings. Reply with quote

N2O wrote:
Maybe the wrong board for this, but oh well. Adrian can move it if that's teh case.

So I got into monash next year and am wrapped. However, I have several facial piercings and visible arm tattoo's. Has medicine progressed at all, or am I likely to have to remove my piercings (at least for placements) and cover the tats?

Seems like a silly question, but I work with people all the time, and have never had a problem with them.


I'm guessing piercings will have to be removed for clinical settings...(what do people with earrings do though - there must be heaps of them).

Tatts - who cares, except some patients might be a little perturbed - anyway - educate em! Like everything else in life, a dose of common sense based on the situation will serve you well eg. prudent to cover up for older patients, no problems (even a benefit to have them) for younger people.

btw - you may not want to keep the piercings after you learn how they predispose you to infection, and oral cancers/dental problems if they are in your mouth! Anyway, that's for the course.
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N2O
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 7:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got 5 lip rings, and had them for the last 4 years Very Happy
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ErikaF
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I guess it has something to do with the traditional establishment (closed shop) ideology, along with hygiene implications. Its up to you- I am sure if there is a problem with it they will certainly let you know.
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joanna.rethi
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2007 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey N20

the tatts should be fine unless u decided to take of your clothes in some drastic act to save someones life while u are at work, basically your attire will cover all your indiscretions!
piercings tho is entirely different esp facial ones, not only because of the obvious hygiene reasons but seriously, if u got punched or if some crazed maniac in a&e decided to take his frustrations out on u and pull them off your face then u will be crying. ive had a collegue have an earing pull from her ear its not pleasant...
but hey u still have four years of med school to have them in so parade them proudly!
all the best at monash!

xx
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Steelpipe
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the doctors in our local hospital has the most gorgeous, waist-length dreadlocks. So I don't think we can just write off "unusual looks" just yet. Though I think it's still largely depends on where you are and what's the overall attitude toward those things.

Also I think as a med student no one cares, but if you'll going to tell your patient that they've got cancer, it's probably not a good idea to have "haha sucks to be you" tattooed on your forehead. Razz
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GAMSATtutor
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 05, 2009 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you would be wearing the doctor dust coat anyway

most people at our uni get very dressed up for clinical visits

but the patients probably don't care
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SoMdoesn'tcare
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 2010 9:00 pm    Post subject: Re: tattoos and piercings. Reply with quote

N2O wrote:
Maybe the wrong board for this, but oh well. Adrian can move it if that's teh case.

So I got into monash next year and am wrapped. However, I have several facial piercings and visible arm tattoo's. Has medicine progressed at all, or am I likely to have to remove my piercings (at least for placements) and cover the tats?

Seems like a silly question, but I work with people all the time, and have never had a problem with them.


I don't think it's a case about medicine 'progressing', but rather that the medical profession still looks and acts professional.
As a medical student unnecessarily exposing excessive tats and multiple piercings will draw unwanted attention.
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