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Dress CodeAppearance and Dress in Health Education Center (HEC) Simulation Areas

The intent is that the Appearance and Dress policies cover all HEC Simulation areas, including orientation rooms. The goal is of the dress code is to maintain a professional demeanor in preparation for interactions in live patient scenarios.  Violations may result in removal of the learner from the Center.

While in the HEC Simulation Center, learners must adhere to appearance and dress requirements consistent with those in a clinical setting with actual patients, as well as requirements related to a learning and testing environment. These requirements include:

  1. The learner’s ID badge/UTMB ID must be worn in a visible location unless otherwise instructed by Center staff.
  2. Clothing must be clean, fit properly, and be appropriate for a professional encounter.
  3. Students must be dressed in compliance with specific School/Program requirements, including requirements related to white coats and/or scrubs.
  4. Closed-toe shoes must be worn.
  5. Undergarments which are appropriate to the article(s) of clothing worn, are required.
  6. Fingernails must be groomed in accordance with IHOP - 03.01.06 - tips of the nails may not extend past the end of the fingers. The nail surface must be smooth. Artificial nails/wraps or acrylic overlays are not permitted. Nail polish may not be chipped or cracked.
  7. Hair must be restrained so as to not contact a patient during an encounter.
  8. The body must be free of potentially offensive odor, including perfume, cologne or natural body odor.
  9. Jewelry must be modest and present no safety risk or interfere with simulation activities.
  10. Attachments to clothing such as lapel pins should be limited in number and are restricted to those received in one’s official UTMB capacity.
  11. Unless provided as part of a simulation exercise, no hats or hair covers may be worn except for religious or medical reasons.