How Many Mistakes Is a Doctor Allowed to Make?

The physician does not readily know the quota of successful interventions needed to earn the title of “good doctor”, yet is afraid that a single mistake transforms her/him into a bad physician.

Dr. Brian Goldman, an emergency physician from Toronto, had made mistakes and felt shameful, lonely and abandoned. He wants to break the silence. He sustains that doctors need to talk about it, after having himself explored the issue in depth. He dreams of a welcoming environment for physicians who believe they are at fault, an environment where each and every one could learn from a given mishap, a community of peer support, shame resilience and an end to isolation. He essentially questions the medical culture of denial.

Listen to Dr. Brian Goldman speaking about medical error: