We just received our “tentative” SCP placements yesterday, where SCP (Student Continuity Practice) is where we actually travel off-campus to practice our clinical skills.  Most med schools don’t really offer the opportunity for first-year students to touch patients.  Well, some do, but UConn really pushes for it.  Like, they push for it hardcore.  It’s really an invaluable opportunity to be able to take what we’re learning about in the classroom and be putting it to use as first-year medical students.  I was fortunate enough to be placed within my desired discipline of pediatrics, although my SCP site is in Norwich which is about an hour from campus.  So that’s a little far, but then again I got the discipline I really, really wanted so I’ll take the good with the bad.  No complaints here.  (Plus it’s an opportunity to have an hour-long dance party in my car once a week which I surely will not pass up.)

Our first visit to our SCP site is the week of September 26, and I’m already looking forward to it.  We’ll finally have the opportunity and privilege of rocking our white coats (names embroidered, of course) and stethoscopes even though we don’t know the first thing about actually working with patients.  But I’m really curious to see what it’s going to be like working with infants, children, and their parents as well as what it’s like to work with a healthcare team of nurses and staff.

I wonder if this means I get to wear ties with fire trucks on them or something now.