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?
- "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."
- "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."
- "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.