Classical teaching has been based on “see one—do one.” More recently, a stepwise teaching approach has been described that has four steps: demonstration, deconstruction, comprehension, and performance.1,2  The process of achieving competence includes structured skill training, not just doing the technique.

Medical students have to learn to perform several procedures before the end of their medical school training. One of the competences that they need to acquire is the peripheral vein catheterization, which is the most common procedure performed in the emergency department and in the operating room. Many students have not placed even one intravenous cannula during their medical training because of lack of opportunity to practice. On the other hand, students rapidly improve their proficiency after only five attempts. Guidelines have been published regarding this skill acquisition, showing that the process...

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