Safety : talk about being wrong

15 February, 2012
Patrick Keady

 

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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