BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 02 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1319
  1. Kieran Walsh, clinical editor (
  1. BMJ Learning

    Doctors should learn in the same way that pilots do. They should train and test their skills in simulators. In that way they could make mistakes and climb a steep learning curve quickly without harming anyone—so it would be good for patients and doctors alike.

    How many times over recent years have you heard something like this? Some feel that the analogy has been stretched too far and that doctors and pilots do completely different jobs and so cannot learn in the same way. But before we look at the drawbacks of simulators let's first consider their advantages.

    Proponents of simulators damn learning by experience: they …

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