This Life/form® simulator provides a realistic way for students to learn good surgical techniques. The simulator provides students with a variety of repair experiences without the constraint of time and concern for safety, which are factors with a live patient. The simulator can be used by the student in a learning lab with an instructor, or by the student individually in the clinical setting just prior to a patient experience. It is also useful as a homework teaching aid that can be signed out at night and returned the next day. In addition to being portable, the lifelike texture allows the learner to develop a “feel” for instrument handling, tension on suture, and the advantages of one method of tying knots over another. The simulator comes with an instruction booklet.