There are various clinical skills which second year students learn and experience for the first time: giving bad news, cardiac exams, child hospital visits, rectal exams, pulmonary exams, etc, etc. They usually either a) have
actors simulated patients come to school to practice their new skills, or b) troop over to the hospital to interview and examine willing patients.
The clinical skill to be learned this week? Phlebotomy. The practice patients? Fellow classmates. Better hope your partner likes you!
Just feel sorry for those in the class with large and easy to find veins, as they were victims multiple times...
Next week's clinical skill is the pelvic exam. I promise there will be no photos!