Every doctor makes mistakes. But medicine’s culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, Brian Goldman, MD calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.
“What we do, though, is send each [doctor] out into the world with the admonition to be perfect. ‘Never, ever, ever make a mistake. But you worry about the details, about how that’s going to happen.’ And that was the message that I absorbed in med school.” – Brian Goldman, MD