To Err Is Human

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Danielle Ofri, MD, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine, deconstructs the perception of perfection. In a medical culture consumed with perfection, making mistakes is deemed unthinkable and promotes an unrealistic expectation on the part of patients.

Embracing the concept that “sunlight is the best disinfectant,” Ofri makes the case that errors are not an aberration to be swept under the rug, but rather a natural occurrence that we should study and learn from them to foster a culture of understanding, and ultimately better outcomes for patients.   

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About TEDMED

Created by TED’s founder, TEDMED(www.tedmed.com) convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines both inside and outside of medicine in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine.

Best known for their annual event, TEDMED is a year-round global community. 

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