IUSM-Evansville students hone skills in American Medical Association lab project

April 9, 2015

IUSM-Evansville students Alyson Endicott, right, and Romina Deldar practice blood drawing during the school’s fourth annual skills lab, presented by the American Medical Association medical student section. | Photo By IUSM-Evansville

The American Medical Association medical student section at IU School of Medicine-Evansville recently held its fourth annual skills lab for its first- and second-year medical students.

The lab, which earned the school recognition as the AMA Section Involvement Grant Event of the Month, offered students the opportunity to practice blood drawing, IV catheter placement, intubation and airway management, pig feet suturing, and basic clinical exam skills.

Student leaders partnered with the Vanderburgh County Medical Society and recruited 10 local physicians who volunteered their time at each of the various skill stations. Steven Becker, M.D., associate dean and director, IUSM-Evansville, also participated in the event.

“This event is a great chance for first- and second-year students to practice skills that will be useful in third year,” said Thomas Shelton, the recruiter for IUSM-Evansville’s local AMA medical student section. “In addition, this event gives local physicians a chance to see our student body, and students get a chance to talk to practicing physicians about the things they enjoy most in their jobs.”