Day 158 - Clinical Incompetence (28/02/2018)

Very snowy today, we had to take a long route to uni because of an accident on the motorway between Leamington and Coventry. Only CBL to contend with in terms of required attendance, so before that myself, Tom and another colleague went to the BioMed Grid, a study space nearby to practice some of the clinical skills exams from earlier blocks.

Tom refused to tell me if he'd heard anything abnormal - bad sign?

Tom refused to tell me if he'd heard anything abnormal - bad sign?

It actually went surprisingly well given that none of us had practiced since our mock OSCEs - we were reasonably confident that while we wouldn't have scored maximally and there was a lot of room for improvement, we still probably would have passed. That said, I did manage to go into one of our practice runs without realising I wasn't wearing my stethoscope and so therefore couldn't do any of the auscultation. Ah well.

My rough attempt at the brachial plexus with crammed notes

My rough attempt at the brachial plexus with crammed notes

In the afternoon came back and cracked on with learning the brachial plexus, a convoluted mess of nerves running to the upper limb following the brachial artery. I'd ordered a practice suture pad which arrived, and got back into the groove of things reasonably quickly. With no less than two sharps injuries to boot.

Have also scripted what will likely be the first 'draw-along-anatomy' video looking at the osteology of the hand. I think it's a simple enough topic to broach first and test the format, will hopefully be able to get some good feedback from viewers and work out whether it's a viable pursuit or not.