A terrific TED talk that I stumbled on Dr. Ravi’s Posterous blog. A great bit:
“The way to succeed in life is to never make any mistakes: we learn these really bad lessons really well.”
The thing that struck at me in this narrative, which I zoned out for a little bit at the end, I will be honest, is how it is so similar to our medical education system. We go through a decade of our lives worrying so much about being right, that we fail to realize when we can go wrong. We equate going wrong in one field with incompetence in general. We look down upon the hard partying kinda folks and automatically assume that they are the ones who flunk the tests and become licensed killers. On the other hand, we automatically identify the confident, yet callous person, to be the more competent one. The ones who are the first to raise their hands to answer obscure questions in class were invariably the ones who were also the first ones to desert the ER when there was a troublesome case.
Medicine, at least the practice of it, is, in many ways, like an art in that its proper execution is rendered by a combination of the head and the hand. Competence/incompetence in one does not mean the same on the other. Yet, we are screened and judged by a system that primarily tests on our ability to ace tests before unleashing us into the world.
Anyways. I should rein myself in before this rant gets any more insane. Enjoy the video…