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What is the proper attire for a Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) consultant?
  1. Savithiri Ratnapalan
  1. Correspondence to Savithiri Ratnapalan, Department of Paediatrics and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Academic Educator, Centre for Faculty Development, University of Toronto; Division of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1X8; savithiri.ratnapalan{at}

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I am a Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) consultant from Canada, working as the first PEM consultant in the emergency department (ED) of a University teaching hospital in the UK where medical paediatrics is managed by the paediatric team and trauma by the ED team.

The ED doctors wear green scrubs when they are on the shop floor. The paediatric team doctors wear regular clothes. When I began working in the department 10 months ago, I was informed by lead clinicians from both the paediatric and the ED that it would help my transition as the new PEM consultant if I wore greens while on the shop floor. Several sets of ‘consultant green scrubs’ were given to me within a couple of weeks and I wore them regularly on the shop floor. Indeed, I was accepted as one of the team members by emergency physicians, trainees, nurses and nurse practitioners. I was under the impression that I was already accepted as one of the team members by the paediatric team as I am a paediatrician.

Recently, I had to call the …

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