Those Fateful Words: “You Remember That Patient?”

By  |  February 3, 2012 | 

If you read me regularly, you know I love TED talks.  This one is fantastic.  What makes it particularly great is despite the subject matter, medicine, you would not know whether the speaker–a physician himself, is speaking to a lay audience or peers.  There is some skill in that, as you will see.

I did not know what to make of his introductory remarks, but his talk gets real, real fast; and he sure has guts. It is a polished, hard-hitting account of committing a a major medical mistake, not once, but twice. Brutally honest, and true to a fault, as those who have lived through this will account.

It shows the cross border universality of our practice environment as well (he is Canadian), but that only enhances the value.  The problem he expresses is sweeping; the emotions the same.

This is someone that needs to speak at all our next grand rounds.  Pass this one on to your colleagues.

About the Author:

Brad Flansbaum
Bradley Flansbaum, DO, MPH, MHM works for Geisinger Health System in Danville, PA in both the divisions of hospital medicine and population health. He began working as a hospitalist in 1996, at the inception of the hospital medicine movement. He is a founding member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and served as a board member and officer. He speaks nationally in promoting hospital medicine and has presented at many statewide meetings and conferences. He is also actively involved in house staff education. Currently, he serves on the SHM Public Policy Committee and has an interest in payment policy, healthcare market competition, health disparities, cost-effectiveness analysis, and pain and palliative care. He is SHM’s delegate for the AMA House of Delegates. Dr. Flansbaum received his undergraduate degree from Union College in Schenectady, NY and attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He received his M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management at Columbia University. He is a political junky, and loves to cook, stay fit, read non-fiction, listen to many genres of music, and is a resident of Danville, PA.


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