I'm really excited to announce that I am now a HIP Ambassador for Medelita. That means that I get to share all of their awesome products with you, and tell you more about why I love them so much. One of my favorite things about Medelita is that it was started by a physician assistant! I love fellow PA-preneurs, and it's really cool to see the impact that Lara Francisco has been able to make in creating high quality medical wear. She took the idea of seeing a problem and finding a solution to the next level.
In this particular review, I'm wearing a Medelita M3 Ellody Petite Fit Lab Coat. For reference, I am around 5'1'' and I'm wearing a size 2. In normal clothing, I usually wear a 0-2/XS or Small, and I've found that these run very true to size, and that the size chart provided is accurate.
When I first graduated from PA school, I was so excited to also graduate from my short coat to my long coat. It's a sort of rite of passage. I was also extremely eager. I visited the local scrub store, looked at the 2 options available, and picked the one that was the better of the 2. I can't say I was super impressed with the quality, but at the time it didn't matter that much to me. I was a PA!
Once I started working, I noticed that my supervising physician's coat was a nice, crisp white and just looked a little better than mine. After a few washes and a couple of months, my white coat was starting to look a little dingy and the already thin fabric was just getting thinner and thinner. I asked her about it, and she said it was by a brand called Medelita.
I looked further into Medelita, and I knew I was ready for an upgrade. I was a little nervous about ordering a coat without trying it on, and since it would be embroidered, I wouldn't be able to return it. I used the size charts, took some measurements, and took the plunge. Best decision ever.
It's important that your first impression with patients is a good one, and usually that comes from your appearance. I know that I tend to look young for my age (because my patients tell me everyday), so it's even more important for me to look professional. Your white coat can do that. It lets the patient know what your role is, and gives confidence that you are there to take care of them. Or it makes pediatric patients cry, but usually it's the opposite effect. Even if I see a new patient, when I walk in with my white coat on, they instantly know who their provider is.
When I received my white coat, I was so excited. The fabric that Medelita has crafted is so nice. It's thick, bright white, and actually repels liquids, which is nice in a field like dermatology (think Dr. Pimple Popper). The Ellody coat is perfect for me because it is a petite fit designed for women under 5'4'' and has a great tailored fit. But if you are blessed with height or a guy, there are options for you too! Medelita has many different designs and styles, so you should be able to find something to suit you. My husband (internal medicine resident) is still jealous that my coat looks better than his, so I may end up having to get him one too.
On these coats there are plenty of pockets to hold any equipment you may use on a daily basis, and the pockets are large enough for an iPad. There's no need to dry clean, and even after many washes, my coats have maintained their fresh white appearance, and the embroidery hasn't faded at all. These coats may be a little more pricey than some other options, but I can guarantee you'll be happier with the quality and durability. The current options range from $128-162, but be on the lookout for discount codes by signing up for the Medelita email list or checking their Instagram.
Medelita offers embroidery on their lab coats and scrubs. There's the option of 2 lines of print, and 3 different fonts and 18 colors available. It costs an additional $12 or is free for orders over $175. There's also an option of having a logo uploaded on the right side of the coat.
This coat was provided to me for review, but I can honestly say that I have been a customer with Medelita for a while, and I don't see that relationship ended for a long time. I will never recommend anything that I don't fully endorse and that I wouldn't pay for, and I can promise you will not regret your decision of purchasing a Medelita white coat.