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Old 01-05-2013, 01:19 PM   #41
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I don't know. Maybe because stethoscopes are the symbols that the general public most likely associate with their healthcare providers, which in turn is being reinforced by media stereotyping?
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Why do media persist with this outdated symbolism? Is the public so naive that people don't think you can be a "real doctor" unless you wear a stethoscope?
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:38 PM   #42
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Obgyn, I agree, I don't think a speculum would make the best avatar!

Speaking of stethoscopes, I have a little rant. It seems that whenever a physician is interviewed by the media or is photographed in a brochure, he or she is wearing a stethoscope, often a white coat too. That applies even if the physician is a researcher or administrator who never uses them. In my field (NICU) infection control requires that each patient have their own stethoscope. White coats (and ties) are proven vehicles for transmitting infection. Why do media persist with this outdated symbolism? Is the public so naive that people don't think you can be a "real doctor" unless you wear a stethoscope?
I have to say I haven't really noticed the stethoscope but every MD I have ever seen in an office situation is wearing a white lab coat with her/his name embroidered on it and a white shirt and for the men a tie. Blue coats for the interns. I think it is a hierarchy thing, maybe differentiating among the staff? My MD always listens with the stethoscope that was around her neck when she came into the exam room.

And I respect MDs more than any other profession but have never encountered one who doesn't portray healthy levels of confidence, self esteem, etc. so it is hard for me to believe the docs speaking to the media about someone's condition like Hillary or random celebs or others are wearing what some news director told them to. If they really all have stethoscopes around their necks I have to think it was their own choice.
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Well, in the UK they have banned white coats....

BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Doctor's white coat to be banned

....but there may have been some politics...

Is it time the NHS brought back white coats for doctors, whatever the bossy managers say? – Telegraph Blogs

....and then there was a backlash....

White coats make a comeback to hospital wards to make doctors visible again | Mail Online

As for doctors deciding what to wear when speaking with the media, you would be surprised how much control the communications people have over these details. As obgyn said, it's public perception which they are reinforcing.

Sorry for thread hijack. Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
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I would be happy to change my avatar picture if a majority of people here feel that a stethoscope is too "stereotypical". No offense meant to anyone by using a medical instrument as my avatar. I was thinking this morning about using an icon or symbol representing happiness. Any (reasonable) suggestion would be most welcome.
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I changed mine back to a traditional stethoscope. Forget about speculae :-)
Has this thread wandered off a bit? Not that it matters, just amusing...
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Has this thread wandered off a bit?
I challenge you to find a thread with more than a dozen or so posts that hasn't "wandered off a bit"....
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I would be happy to change my avatar picture if a majority of people here feel that a stethoscope is too "stereotypical". No offense meant to anyone by using a medical instrument as my avatar. I was thinking this morning about using an icon or symbol representing happiness. Any (reasonable) suggestion would be most welcome.
Obgyn, your avatar is fine with me. It tells me something about you: you strongly identify with your profession. And that's fine!
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I just changed mine... if anyone can guess how this photo was created, you get a free toaster.
Hint: It is a photo that I thought of making in a creative moment and had taken by a friend during the summer.

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