How Medical Students Get Practice

stethoscope-1584223_960_720When training for a career in a particular field, it is important that students get as much practice as possible before they go out into the profession. After all, you wouldn’t want to drive over a bridge designed by an architect that never before tried their hand at doing so, or that was constructed by an inexperienced construction team. And with many subjects, the ability to practice comes easily. Anyone could design and build a bridge (at least a model) to get some practice. But what about a field like medicine?

Medical students have long practiced basic procedures on each other in class, or on patients under the supervision of a fully trained doctor. And while this is good, you can’t cover everything this way. Take surgery as an example. Or childbirth. If you are going under the knife or are about to deliver a baby, you don’t want to be a training exercise, rather you want the experienced hands taking care of you. So how would someone train for surgery? Everyone has to have a first go of it, right?

Well, there are 2 ways that this is accomplished. One is through the use of a cadaver. The medical students will perform the operation or parts thereof on the dead body so there is no risk to human life. The other method is through the use of medical manikins, which is a full scale model of the human body (or part thereof) that can be worked on for various procedures.

These manikins are made to provide training experience in a wide variety of situations, from birthing manikins to chest manikins to dental manikins. This allows for safe and yet realistic training so that medical students are well prepared before they ever touch a live patient. These manikins vary greatly as they can be made to suit whatever type of procedure needs to be practiced, from birthing simulators, to trauma victims.