Anatomy labs

I attended the orientation session for my semester two classes yesterday. I was dismayed to find that for our Anatomy labs, we are going to have to use each other as models to facilitate learning palpations. And no, I didn’t spell that incorrectly, as was suggested by Google. Palpation is defined as: To examine or explore by touching (an organ or area of the body), usually as a diagnostic aid.

While I can’t say I’m keen on the idea of being groped and poked and prodded by my fellow classmates, that’s not the worst part either. The worst is that we’ve been told we must wear ‘singlets and shorts’ during these labs and jeans and trackies are a no go. This is so we are able to palpate and draw on each other where certain muscles, bones and ligaments are and learn ridiculous names such as extensor hallucis longus muscle. Um, yeah. Shorts and me do not go well together. I’ve had even doctors and nurses express horror at the scars on my thighs; purplish-red, raised and too many to count. I’d hate to imagine how mere inexperienced first year students would react. Leggings or knee-length shorts better make the cut because there’s no way I’m wearing anything exposing more than that.

And you thought all OTs needed to know was how to tell patients in a psych ward to go tend some pot plants or string beads together to make a necklace…