Procedural Skills

The student is expected to have an awareness of the indication for and appropriate technique to observe, assist, or perform the following procedures with their preceptors or other members of the health care team. Only the items with an asterix are mandatory for the student. The other items listed are those students MAY see in clinic.

Diagnostic Procedures:
*Must be logged in Case Log

  • DRE (Digital Rectal Examination)
  • ECG Interpretation
  • PAP Smear*
  • Pregnancy Test (urine)
  • Stool for Occult Blood
  • Throat Swab*
  • Urine Dip
  • Vaginal/Cervical Cultures

Therapeutic Procedures:

  • Breast: Cyst Aspiration
  • Ear: Curette/Syringe
  • Eye: Flip and eyelid
  • Injections: Immunizations, Intradermal, Intramuscular, Subcutaneous
  • OB/GYN: IUD Fitting Insertion
  • MSK: Casting, Joint Injection/Aspiration, Apply Splint
  • Nose: FB Removal
  • Operating Room Assist
  • Skin: Abscess I+D, Dressing, Application, Cryotherapy, Excision, FB Removal, Ingrown Toenail Resection, Punch Biopsy, Skin Tag Removal, Subungal Drainage, Suture
  • Removal, Suturing

Supplemental Resources

Throat Swab

Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine and Throat Swab. March 2010