Everyone knows that there is nothing quite like experience. It is that special know-how that one just can’t get in school that really sets apart the true professionals from the amateurs and the neophytes. Experience is what makes the difference in tricky situations and in the field of medicine, can make the difference between life and death.
But experience is not something that one can attain in school. No, one needs to have some time, years even, spent performing one’s craft in the real word in order to gain that experience. So how does someone like a new doctor gain this experience before having to go out are work on actual, live patients?
Well, there are lots of ways that medical professionals can become prepared. One way is through doing internships at hospitals. They will practice medicine under the supervision of experienced doctors and surgeons, this way any mistakes can be caught without harming patients.
In medical school, simulators are also employed. These medical manikins are essentially life-sized models of people that function to simulate different types of conditions and allow for practice procedures to be performed (like birthing simulators, dental simulators, etc.).
There is also the practice of moulage. This is where people or models can be made-up to look like they have certain injuries and illnesses through the use of moulage kits and then be diagnosed by the physician-in-training. This allows them to get a handle on diagnosing correctly, and this is often done with actors who can describe other symptoms so that the student can practice using what they have learned.
While none of these things will substitute real world practice, they do serve as a means to give the new doctor some form of practice that can be done safely.