Adventures in Medicine

Medical School and Beyond!

Writing for Pay?

on March 12, 2015

For as long as I can remember I have dreaded having to write papers, writing is not my favorite past-time, which is why I surprised myself when I decided to start a blog about my adventures in the medical field (after already surprising myself about my decision to live in the Caribbean for 19 months for Medical school).  Well now I have surprised myself yet again as I applied today to write blog posts for medical students and prospective students about my experiences.  A couple weeks ago one of my friends came across a flyer recruiting medical students to become blog post writers contributing between 2 and 5 posts a month and getting paid per post.  If I am to get this opportunity I will have access to more ideas for blog topics and get some money to help off set the cost of medical school (more like the mountain of my loans…lol).  We shall see what happens.

Here is a look at my audition post about one of my favorite classes:

Those who love to travel, especially internationally, know importance of a passport. Well the same appears to be true in medical school. This semester I was enrolled in a great course, Clinical Skills Lab, which has given me hands on experience with common medical procedures. These procedures include basic skills such as personal protection practices, vital signs, PPD skin test, subcutaneous injections, intramuscular injections, venipuncture, endotracheal intubation, IV cannula placement, arterial blood gas draw, pelvic exam, digital rectal exam, breast exam, mini-mental status exam, EKG, and lumbar punctures. Each week I go into lab and learn a new skill or two and have time to practice all the skills learned. As the semester goes along each skill must be tested off for proficiency.

So what do passports have to do with this? Well, once the lab instructors submit these proficiency sheets to the administrator she compiles the skills I passed and creates a medical passport containing these skills that is signed off on by the clinical Dean. This passport becomes my entry ticket to procedures during clinical rotations. (I can’t wait to see what it looks like.)

Being a skills lab, all of the practice I get is on models and I know that real patients are going to be different. But, hey, practice must start somewhere, right? In an attempt to make the practice situation more life-like one of the instructors occasionally comes around to move (more like shake) the model arm when practicing any of the skills that require the use of needle as many patients are often skittish at the sight/thought of needles. This ‘complication’ ensures I am holding the ‘patients’ arm appropriately so a slight movement will not cause a mishap.

All in all, Clinical Skills Lab builds more than just a procedure passport as it also builds my clinical tool belt. Each skill is a new tool that will be invaluable to me one day when I finally become Dr. Johnsen and work on patients of my own.


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