I thoroughly enjoyed the Clinical Skills Workshop this past weekend, especially meeting every participant in person. I only wish we’d had more time to get to know each other better – the schedule was so full there just wasn’t enough time for much socializing. Now that the workshop is over I’m catching up on my work, though my truck is still full of arms, legs, and ace wraps.
It was great seeing the students’ confidence grow as they learned to suture, cast, and perform a variety of clinical skills. Chuck was kind enough to send along the pictures that are shared here. One smart thing he did was take photos of the equipment we used, all the better to order at a later date.
I had hoped to videotape the class for those who could not attend, but at least this time around that did not work out – maybe next time.
It was especially heartening to see the quality of clinical skills demonstrated by attendees. In medical school it was “see one, do one, teach one,” and from how quickly everyone picked things up, it appears many could have been doctors. Everyone seemed eager to participate with very little squeamishness (at least until it came to removing toenails).
I appreciate the feedback from attendees and plan to incorporate many of the suggestions into the next workshop, tentatively planned for June 21-23, 2012 . . . after tax day, after my daughter’s birthday, after my niece’s wedding, and after my son’s graduation.
– Doc Cindy