Let's Set The (Medical) Records Straight — Tattoos Do Not Affect A Doctor's Abilities

Let's Set The (Medical) Records Straight — Tattoos Do Not Affect A Doctor's Abilities

A doctor is a doctor, tattoos or not.

A popular debate amongst many people is whether or not doctors with tattoos are professional, or if they should even have tattoos, to begin with. My personal opinion is that regardless of tattoos or not, what does body ink have to do with your credentials? I got my first tattoo at 17 years old, and even then I knew I wanted to pursue a job in the medical field. Tattoos or not, a doctor is a doctor.

I held a poll on Twitter as well as GroupMe, and 80 people participated. Of those 80, 75 people stated they would receive treatment from a doctor with tattoos. From this, you would probably think, "Well, sure, the millennials WOULD see a doctor that's tattooed," but it isn't just millennials who would openly agree to this. Also, at this time, it is not uncommon for individuals pursuing healthcare to actually get the job regardless of visible tattoos or not.

According to Bamboo Tattoo Studio California, 73% of employers would hire staff with visible tattoos. This number may be seemingly high, but that is the reality of the time we live in. It is very common for someone in healthcare to have some type of body ink. Another surprising statistic would be that only 4% of pierced or tattooed people have received discrimination at their current jobs.

As time goes on it is my belief that more and more people will be comfortable with tattooed doctors/surgeons, as well as more people in the medical field, being open with their tattoos.

One condition (that is now becoming more lenient) is the ability for someone to have a tattoo as long as it is covered in the workplace. But honestly, what is the big issue behind tattoos? Older men and women may fear tattoos, or they may believe they were impulse decisions with no meaning behind them.

In fact, 43% of people with tattoos believe personal meaning is the biggest factor in choosing a tattoo according to Statistic Brain. Another statistic is that annually people in the U.S. spend over $1 BILLION on tattoos. Of those people, 40% are between the ages of 18-40 (possibly some health care professionals?).

Overall, a person's body is not their resume. To know someone with a 4.0 GPA and great MCAT scores could be declined merely for having tattoos that are visible should be the problem. More power to the people who don't have tattoos, or refuse to see a doctor who chooses to have them, but there is no valid reason to discriminate against those who do. Tattoos or not, a doctor is a doctor if the credentials and abilities are there.

Cover Image Credit: Instagram: Jesse Lyons

Popular Right Now

20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.

It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning.

You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret.

So here are 20 tattoos you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, but don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!

SEE RELATED: "Please Stop Asking What My Tattoos Mean"

1. A semicolon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.

2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."

3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.

4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."

5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."

6. Greek symbol of Inguz: Where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."

8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya).

9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.

10. The Greek word “Meraki" means to do something with soul, passion, love, and creativity or to put yourself into whatever you do.

11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from "The Hobbit." It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.

13. “Lux in tenebris" means “light in darkness."

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength and stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora" is translated literally as “Towards greater things." It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.

16. A glyph means “explore." It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."

18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower's first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe and the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can remind us of the inconsistency of life. It also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.

SEE ALSO: Sorry That You're Offended, But I Won't Apologize For My Tattoos

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

12 Items To Buy From Five Below That Will Inexpensively Modernize Your Dorm Room

You would be amazed at what you can get at this store!


When you're redecorating your bedroom, you might not think to stop by Five Below, considering everything is $5 and under. But you would be amazed at what you can find in that store.

I went not to long ago to get those cube storage boxes, that go into the shelf, and I left with almost $200 worth of stuff. Now mind you, I've been to this store a million and one times and never have spent this much, but while I was there I figured I would get Easter basket things for my niece and then the idea to redecorate dorm rooms popped into my head as I was looking around. Because let’s be real we all could use a more modern dorm....even if you school just bought new furniture. So here’s 12 things you need to buy from Five Below to modernize your dorm.

1. Wall shelves

Personal Photo

Use command strips to hang these up because you can’t drill into the walls at school!!

2. 3 clip photo frame

Personal Photo

Okay so one isn't out of its package yet, but this is what Five Below's website showed for it.

3. A white fuzzy rug

Personal Photo

4. Cordless hexagon cage lamp

Personal Photo

5. Cute storage basket

Personal Photo

6. Light up sign box

Personal Photo

7. Letter board

Personal Photo

8. An initial light

Personal Photo

So this I've had for years but I'm 100% positive it came from Five Below.

9. 3 piece frame set

Personal Photo

10. Salt rock lamp

Personal Photo

Mines pretty big, but they have smaller ones.

11. An ottoman


12. A mini cactus

Personal Photo

Or any plant really. They have basil, roses, daisy, strawberries, etc.

Related Content

Facebook Comments