Med students get their first hands on training

By WEEK Reporter

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Some third-year medical students got their first hands on instruction Thursday at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria.

The students learned from physicisans and nursing instructors how to make sutures, put in a catheter and put in a breathing tube.

They are not working with human patients yet, but with medical grade mannequins for some of the procedures.

"Situation somewhat similar to what they'll find in a living person who's probably in trouble with a collapsed lung or cardiac problems or injury trauma," said Dr. Bob Myers.  "So this is their transition to humans."

The students say this move from studying the books to hands on is exciting.

These are just a few of the many medical procedures they must master before graduating.

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