May 8, 2022

Who will heal the physician?

"Medical errors exist at the far end of a continuum of unexpected events in clinical practice and they are devastating for all involved. Even when care is attentive and patient compliance perfect, unexpected outcomes occur in medicine. Unanticipated...


"Medical errors exist at the far end of a continuum of unexpected events in clinical practice and they are devastating for all involved. Even when care is attentive and patient compliance perfect, unexpected outcomes occur in medicine. Unanticipated diagnoses, delays in diagnosis, premature death — these are all included in the realm of “unexpected events” even if nothing has gone “wrong” in medical care.

These events cause physicians to suffer self-doubt, worry, shame and guilt, sometimes exacerbated by the magnitude of the event, the temperament of the clinician and the institutional climate in which these events occur."

Eliza Humphreys is a pediatrician and certified life coach.

She shares her story and discusses her KevinMD article, "Who will heal the physician?"

Editor's note: Dr. Humphreys would like to clarify that she completed a general preventive medicine residency, inadvertently referred to as a fellowship during the recording.

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