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Surgeons should train like pilots

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 13 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1312
  1. Richard Woodman
  1. London

    Surgeons should train on simulators, as pilots and astronauts do, a conference on surgical competence heard in London last week.

    “One cannot help but be struck by the comparison of surgical competence and the qualities required of flying crew,” said Sir Rex Richards, chairman of the task force on clinical academic careers.

    “Both professions require high intellectual and personal skills; both require dexterity and good hand-eye coordination.”

    He told the meeting, organised by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Smith and Nephew Foundation, that research suggested that even very …

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