All Doctors are Jackasses

SMACC talk, March 2013

‘All Doctors Are Jackasses’ is the title of the talk I gave at SMACC last March as part of the ‘Mind of the Resuscitationist’ plenary with Scott Weingart, Cliff Reid and Simon Carley. Subscribe to the SMACC Podcast to hear the other talks as they are released.

This is the abstract for my talk:

It will come as no surprise that the title of this talk was not taken from ‘How to win friends and influence people’. The subject may make you feel uneasy, and so it should, but no resuscitationist can afford to ignore it. You might think that you are not a ‘Jackass’, but cognitive science tell us to expect that – the ‘blind spot bias’ is universal. I will convince you that you are indeed a ‘Jackass’ and I will show you why. Together we will delve into the workings of the human mind to understand how we think, and how our minds can (and frequently do) sabotage us in critical life-or-death situations. Finally, we will explore ways we can overcome our universal ‘Jackassness’ and become better doctors so that we can keep patients safe and help save lives.

The content of the talk comes from standing on the shoulders of two giants: Pat Croskerry and Daniel Kahneman — I list both among my heroes.

The audio files

The slides

By the way, the title of the talk was inspired by one of my teachers, forensic pathologist Tim Koelmeyer – he features in these LITFL posts:

References and Links


Journal Articles and Textbooks

FOAM and web resources

Posted by Dr Chris Nickson

An oslerphile emergency physician and intensivist suffering from a bad case of knowledge dipsosis. Key areas of interest include: the ED-ICU interface, toxicology, simulation and the free open-access meducation (FOAM) revolution. @Twitter | + Chris Nickson | INTENSIVE| SMACC

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