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:
Skin punch biopsy
Abscess incision & drainage
Cerumen removal anoscopy
State-of-the-art 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 treadmill, colposcope, handheld and tank type cryo units, external fetal heart tracing unit, ultrasound, and dermatologic electrosurgical unit.
Joint injection or aspiration
Exercise Stress Test
Adult lumbar puncture
Pediatric lumbar puncture
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:
Chest tube placement/thoracotomy
Arterial line placement
Central line placement
Obstetrical Ultrasound *
* 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 faculty member is the author of what is commonly considered the text book on colposcopy, while another is a leader in no-scalpel vasectomy. One nurse schedules every procedure to include a resident. This means no procedure is done without resident participation. If you want to obtain privileges, you will have the opportunity to become skilled in these procedures.
"Having a strong interest in procedures, this was an important factor when I was interviewing programs. My resident colleagues and I have been afforded a lot of opportunity to become proficient in many procedures."