Every new intern is required to complete 5 successful sticks before being allowed to make blood draws from real subjects. My hope is that I will have all 5 by the end of next week so I can be the resident phlebotomist. The draw today went surprisingly smoothly, despite Josh’s very elusive veins. (Josh is an HPL research associate who also needs to get his sticks in). Because donating blood to inexperienced interns is supposed to be voluntary, its up to me to find some donors for next week. Thus far, I’ve lined up two other research associates and the HPL’s resident medic, the other Zach, who is a Navy Corpsman recently transferred to our lab from the Marines.