Just as flight simulation is used to train pilots and allow them to make mistakes without threatening lives, surgical simulations, with mannequins that mimic human functions such as breathing and bleeding, put novice and experienced doctors into realistic crisis situations where they can hone and refine their skills. Are simulators really effective?

Click here to read Andis Robeznieks's story in the February 25th issue of AMNews, the weekly newspaper of the American Medical Association.