My last entry got me thinking about procedures I wanted to learn how to do real well in med school. And if I actually managed to be able to do any of them....
1) Phlebotomy -- Actually got halfway decent at it during 3rd year because one of our private hospitals didn't have great ancillary services, but since it's not something that you EVER do in most hospitals, I probably would have trouble doing it now.
2) Start an IV -- Tried this a few times during med school, never successfully. I finally learned how to do it when I was doing epidural steroid injections at a really ghetto hospital when we had to place our own IVs. But since I never actually ran anything through any of those IVs, I'm not entirely sure they were functional. Eh, I'm sure they were.
3) Put in a Foley catheter -- Got very good at this during surgery, but since (once again) the nurses do this, I discovered it was a useless skill.
4) Suture -- See yesterday's entry.
5) Pap smear -- I was terrible at these coming out of med school, having only done a handful. Finally I did a GYN rotation during intern year where I did like a million of them.
6) Lumbar puncture -- Well, this was more on my "wish list." I got to do around 4-5 in med school. I did more during internship, but not enough to really feel comfortable.
Looking back at this list... um, what the hell did I do during med school? I never even removed any staples until like May of my third year... and removing staples is half of what med students do.