It's from a 2011 article by Lisa Chu on a blog called "Medcrunch". The article is about making mistakes and medicine's culture of shame.
Second there's the doctor's group I joined recently which seriously upset me for a while, leaving me questioning my competence in the context of all these incredibly clever doctors telling tales of great clinical successes and displaying evidence of comprehensive knowledge of every aspect of medicine. It feels like being an intern all over again.
Lisa Chu is a medical graduate and a life coach who focuses in her work on encouraging people to live more creatively. She suggests that the pressure on medical students to perform perfectly from the first day at medical school is the most salient thing underpinning burnout in medical practitioners. She claims that medical training is a just performance environment and that all our learning is done in privacy and in fear.
Lisa suggest we need to approach medical learning more creatively and to talk openly about the things that go wrong so that we, and others, can learn from them.
From that we might also learn that we are no more or less human than our peers.
What do you think?
Do we talk openly enough about the things that go wrong in our practice?
Would it be as useful to do so as it is to brag about the things that go right?