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CommonHealth: In Age Of Medical Simulation, Is 'See One, Do One, Teach One' Still Relevant?09:59
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A simulation doll of a very young child lying on a hospital bed in the ICU simulation room. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A simulation doll of a very young child lying on a hospital bed in the ICU simulation room. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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There's a phrase that many patients might find terrifying, but that's actually familiar to anyone who's gone through medical training.

"See one, do one, teach one."

It's an age-old adage among doctors in training — when you’re a green medical student, intern or resident, you watch a procedure performed by someone who knows how, then you try it yourself. That, in theory, makes you such a newly-minted expert, capable of teaching the procedure to someone else.

But, in the age of medical simulation, does it still make sense for doctors to train on real, live patients?

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Carey Goldberg,, editor of WBUR's CommonHealth blog. She tweets @commonhealth.

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CommonHealth: Opinion: In Simulation Era, Your Doc’s First Try At A Procedure Should Not Be On You

  • "Dr. Charles Pozner, of Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, recalls the first time he placed a central line, which involves sticking an eight-inch-long needle into a patient’s jugular vein to place an intravenous line. He had never even seen it done before, but a chief resident offered him the opportunity after a long day working together."

WBUR: Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

  • "A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of the public eye."

CBS Boston: Inside Boston Children’s New Simulation Center

  • "Boston Children’s Hospital has gone Hollywood, and it’s all in hopes of teaching doctors and nurses to better care for you."

This segment aired on May 9, 2016.

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