Well... check this out. I'm a PT phlebotomist in a local hospital, and met Albany MS4 med student the other day there. She was doing one of her last rotations in our ER and is graduationg soon. Anyway, that girl was watching me drawing blood from baby, and when I asked how was Albany and did they teach her practical skills, she said: "You'd be appaled. This is a rotation supposed to do that". I've never seen med student holding needle in our ER.. You may say it's not that important for future doc, but I'm pretty sure residency directors think otherwise.