Medical Errors and the Culture of Medicine

Friday, April 14, 2017
12:30 – 2pm

Waterhouse Room, Gordon Hall
25 Shattuck Street
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA 02115

With decades of experience behind the patient safety movement, we now have a clear understanding of the importance of preventing medical errors. However, progress in this area has been mixed, with the field still struggling with fundamental questions: how reliably can we identify errors and determine whether a death was preventable? Does this heightened focus on patient safety further the perception that death is most often the result of mistakes that can be avoided? And how can we most effectively scrutinize our practices and improve outcomes?

Martin Makary, MD, MPH
Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Professor of Health Policy & Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Timothy Hofer, MD 
Professor of Internal Medicine and Associate Director for Analytic and Information Resources, University of Michigan