Onward and Upward
How can physicians move forward after making an error?
A recently published paper by Dr. Plews-Ogan and her colleagues, “Wisdom in Medicine: What Helps Physicians after a Medical Error?” offers ways physicians can move through the experience of making a harmful error (Acad Med. [Published online ahead of print September 4, 2015.])
One suggestion, in light of the fact that institutions are struggling to move from an entrenched system of shame and blame to a balanced system of personal and systems accountability, is to start a peer support program at your institution that puts each physician in touch with a trusted colleague who can help her through the process in a safe and healthy learning environment.