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I'm a med student. I think most people would know that by now.

As a med student, I'm supposed to read my textbooks well so I'm equipped with the knowledge to diagnose diseases.
That's well and dandy.

How about procedures then?
I practise as regularly as I can with what knowledge IMU has bestowed upon us. Non-invasive procedures are easily practised with any volunteer or the SPs IMU has provided us. Invasive procedures are practised using mannequins.

I'm still a little blur as to what happens to us when we are in clinical school. But to my understanding, clinical school is basically being posted to a department and following the doctors around, taking history and basically get used to the clinical settings. You practise the non-invasive clinical skills here. If you're lucky, maybe you get to practise some more invasive procedures here.

Hence, that's why some interns graduate without knowing how to properly draw blood. Or insert an IV.

I find it quite surprising that some friends are horrified at the thought of medical students practising how to draw blood or insert an IV. Some med schools make the students practise on each other. But eventually they will have to come to their first actual patient. And my non-medical friends are horrified at the thought of being that first patient.
My friend said she will never let a medical student draw blood from her. Everyone is the same I guess. Who wants to be the guinea pig of a medical student for a somewhat painful procedure?
But then again, doctors don't magically pop out from thin air. Mannequins are not the same as humans.
So if everyone says no to medical students, we will just graduate and then have a dr in front of our names without any experience.

Luckily we have internship years to cover our asses.

I guess it's the same for every career. Given 2 planes, would you sit in a plane where a fresh graduate was in charge of repairing the plane or the plane which was repaired by a more senior staff? Or you wouldn't mind sitting in any one?
But they probably won't tell that to the passengers anyway.