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Monday, November 2, 2009

Medical School Interviews – Hair and Accessories

The medical school interview season is not the time to experiment with that mohawk you always wanted. Keep the hair clean and simple. If you are a man with long hair, you do not need to cut it. Just ensure it is clean and out of your face (same rules apply to women).

As for jewelry, earrings in men are always a point of controversy. If your earring is an important part of who you are, leave it in. But if it’s just a piece of jewelry, I would take it out. There are certainly still old school docs out there who don’t want to accept an applicant that seems like a “punk.” Yes, I know this is incredibly out of date – but your interviewer may just be one of those people. Do you really want to throw away your entire application on a piece of jewelry? If you want to make a statement, make sure you get into medical school first.

Body piercings that show (nose ring, tongue ring, eyebrow ring, etc) fall under the same general guidelines as earrings. Wear it if it is a huge part of who you are. Lose it for a day if it isn’t.

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