Dr. Atul Gawande: “What are the outcomes that matter?” — A Penned Point

Dr. Atul Gawande: What are the outcomes that matter? From A Penned Point #ASA2017 #MedEd

The real surprise – to me, at least – came more than halfway through Dr. Atul Gawande’s keynote address at the opening session of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ annual meeting in Boston. Much of his talk on October 21 celebrated the virtues of checklists and teamwork, topics that have turned into best-selling books for the…

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Not everything is taught in med school

I came across this excerpt from Atul Gawande while browsing the TED articles.

What doctors don’t learn about death and dying

It made me realize that only the basic factoids for a foundation in medicine are taught in medical school.  The article should open the eyes of my peers; it is ok to accept and understand the fragility of life without thoughts of failure.  Compassion, empathy, resourcefulness, etc. aren’t easily teachable concepts or behaviors.  One would hope that aside from understanding things on a cellular to anatomical to physiological to pharmacological level, a basic lesson in emotions, communication, and coping would be equally as important as learning the fundamental medical knowledge to clinically treat patients.