Sometimes you have to admit to your failures, even if doing so is terrifying; that’s the message that the Dr. Brian Goldman TEDxToronto talk delivered. Goldman is a Canadian emergency physician at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital, author of ‘Night Shift’ and the host of CBC show ‘White Coat, Black Art.’ He was among the featured speakers at the TEDxToronto conference.
Twenty years of practice has taught Brian an important lesson -- we make mistakes, as we are humans. He said, "Me and my colleagues for too long have acted that we are never supposed to make mistakes. And when you have that false idea to live up to, we feel ashamed." He has been in the field long enough to realize that mistakes are inevitable and that by sharing our stories of the mistakes we made without shame, we can prevent others from repeating that mistake.
Dr. Goldman spoke about how he made several mistakes in his medical career and wants doctors to share their mistakes and talk about them without being asked to leave their field. "I’m on a mission to make sure the system is more safer, more effective." His speech will inspire everyone, though -- not just doctors. It sure takes a lot of courage to own up to your failures and reach out to other doctors.
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