A Doctor's Swabbing Mishap as a Medical Intern

Taking medical tests can be tedious, cumbersome, annoying, and awkward not just for the patients but for the personnel who administer them. In this funny little anecdote, Dr. J. Lane Wilson shares a story of when he was an intern and had to conduct a test for chlamydia and gonorrhea on a young man.

It should have been an easy procedure with the new urine test however, due to their circumstances, they opted for the swab. And here's where the issues started to pop up.

Upon opening the drawers for the swabs, the naive intern had no idea which among the myriad of swabs was the correct one. A frantic search and inquiry ensued. What followed was a series of mishaps that, eight years later, the now-MD (and perhaps the young man) still couldn't forget.

(Image credit: OpMed Doximity)


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