Safety : talk about being wrong

 

Medical schools send new doctors out into the world to be perfect, to never make mistakes. And medical schools add that it’s up to their new graduates to know how to be perfect.

 

Brian Goldman is an emergency room physician who has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto for more than 20 years. He is a prominent medical journalist and the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art.

 

But every doctor makes mistakes. Brian Goldman points to medicine’s culture of denial (and shame), the culture that is keeping doctors from ever talking about their mistakes, or using them to learn and improve.

 

Telling stories from his own long practice, Brian Goldman calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.

 

 

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An experienced NHS director and senior manager, Patrick Keady decided that it was time to leave NHS employment in 2007. He says that the variety of working freelance in what he is experienced, qualified and passionate about - healthcare quality, safety, risk and governance - was just too good to miss. Patrick pursues a portfolio life as an interim manager, independent consultant, non-executive director, conference chair, speaker, author, editor and blogger.

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