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The doctors are real, but not the patient

Students Donna DeRubis and Racquel Watson practicing on a simulated patient at the Fairfield University Nursing School. In the latest Doctor and Patient column, Dr. Pauline Chen writes about the challenges doctors face in working as a team, and how even experienced doctors can fumble when they work together for the first time. Now, instead of subjecting patients to the trial and error of a new team of doctors, medical simulation training allows doctors to work out the kinks in their teamwork without putting patients at risk.

Published in The New York Times, Wellness blog on 1/28/10

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