One morning, after coming home from an especially difficult shift, Dr. Leslie Latterman, a Board Certified Internist and practicing Hospitalist, started venting to her husband about a daily nuisance… her lab coat. It was awful: dingy, heavy, and fit like a tent. In exasperation, she yelled, “And what are these stupid holes on the sides for?” His response, “That’s to allow MEN to reach into their trouser pockets.” GASP!
“We’ve been forced to wear a lab coat designed for a man,” Dr. Leslie explains on her site. “Even worse, it’s the same basic coat that doctors have worn for over 100 years. They didn’t have pagers or cell phones back then, and they certainly didn’t have very many women physicians.” Fact: over half of medical school grads are now women.
“There was once a time when women physicians felt they had to look and act like a man to be respected. Today, we command respect as both physicians and women.”
Aside from looks and fit, there are also logistical issues at play with the standard issue, man’s lab coat; issues that most of us non-medical folk would never even think about. But try being a doctor for a day and see how important your lab coat, which you are in for hours upon hours, is to your work. It’s not only your uniform, it’s your tool belt, your handbag, your carry-all, your germ guard, etc., with everything you need (professional and personal) jumbled up and jammed in to two, bottomless pit front pockets, which is all the typical lab coat offers.
Case in point, Dr. Leslie told the Pittsburg Post-Gazette, “I saw someone go to pull out her reflex hammer and don’t you know, a tampon went flying onto the patient. It was the most embarrassing thing — she’s an excellent doctor, but what do you do?”
With all of this (and more) swirling around in her brain, that’s when it hit her… she was going to make a better lab coat. So Dr. Leslie set out on her mission by brainstorming with a group of her Residents (all women) at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburg about what a modern woman’s lab coat should be.
They came up with a mix of utilitarian, efficiency boosting, sanitary, and aesthetic features, and after two years of development, Dr. Leslie has made their collective vision a reality with a revolution in medical attire for women physicians… the Dr. Leslie Designer Lab Coat.
We think what Dr. Leslie has come up with is super smart, as she’s thought through every detail with an insider’s perspective to solve real (medical) world problems. If her design keeps doctors more organized, better equipped to do their critical jobs, and feeling great throughout their grueling shifts, then like our title declares… this IS a medical breakthrough, of sorts.
Check out the finer points of her revolutionary lab coat design below…
It’s soft and stretches to move with you, not against you. It’s also treated to be stain resistant, wrinkle resistant, and anti-bacterial. Bonus: the collar comes with a pop of color on the underside… pink or tan, the choice is yours.
Fashion Meets Function
Added shoulder epaulettes have a unique velcro closure that allows you to secure your stethoscope to the coat, distributing the weight on your shoulder instead of your neck and preventing the stethoscope from falling on the dirty hospital floor.
Goodbye Side Holes
They’ve replaced those ugly holes on the sides of a man’s lab coat with large, zippered pockets so personal items can be securely stored.
Women doctors can’t carry a purse or bulky wallet through the hospital, so Dr. Leslie’s signature wallet lets you safely stash cash and credit cards. Bonus: It’s connected by a lightweight chain to the zippered pocket, so you won’t risk losing it.
Ring Clip/Key Ring
Lots of doctors take off their rings when they wear sterile gloves, so there’s a clip inside the zippered pocket to keep them safe, secure, and accessible. The clip can also be used to hold keys.
Designed to look great AND minimize patient contact.
Pen Pocket/Eyeglass Pocket/Name Badge Tab
Designated areas to keep everything in its proper place.
Yes… doctors still use beepers, so there’s a fabric loop over the right lower pocket where it clips on, which keeps the beeper easily accessible without interfering with access to the pockets.
Cell Phone Pocket
There’s a cell phone pocket inside the right lower pocket so your cell phone is protected and accessible. Bonus: The outer pocket is large enough for a tablet.
No more fumbling through those two bottomless pit pockets to find scissors or a reflex hammer… or a tampon. The left lower pocket is equipped with fabric loops to keep instruments standing up and organized.