Procedural Training

A Foundation in the Basics and Opportunity for More

All residents in our program become proficient in a number of basic procedures. Residents are taught by faculty who are practiced in these procedures and experienced in communicating the required skills and knowledge. The procedures we consider "basic" include:

  • Neonatal circumcision
  • Skin punch biopsy
  • Skin cryosurgery
  • Lesion excision
  • Abscess incision & drainage
  • Suturing
  • Cerumen removal
  • Anoscopy
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Toenail Removal
  • Joint aspiration and injection

Equipment and Space

The Family Health Center has 3 large procedure rooms equipped with the latest technology. You will learn procedures using state-of-the-art equipment such as colposcope, handheld and tank type cryo units, external fetal heart tracing unit, ultrasound, and dermatologic electrosurgical unit.

Residents who want to gain broader experience with office procedures will find ample opportunity to do so. Among the procedures that residents may choose to learn at their discretion are:

  • Colposcopy
  • IUD insertion/removal
  • Nexplanon
  • Obstetrical Ultrasound *
  • Pediatric lumbar puncture
  • Vasectomy

* Obstetrical Ultrasounds plus many additional obstetrical procedures are experienced through the Maternity Care Track specifically.

CSM residents learn from some of the best in the fields of colposcopy, vasectomy and other office-based procedures.

One nurse schedules every procedure to include a resident to maximize resident procedure involvement.