Learning from mistakes: Factors that influence how students and residents learn from medical errors

Fischer MA, Mazor KM, Baril J, Alper E, DeMarco D, Pugnaire M. Learning from mistakes: Factors that influence how students and residents learn from medical errors. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2006 May;21(5):419-423.

This study interviewed medical students and residents in an academic medical center, and categorized the factors that influenced their learning from errors. The authors concluded that facilities could help by addressing variability in faculty response and by disseminating clear, accessible algorithms to guide behavior when errors occur. The survey also revealed the need for a teaching and learning focus on emotionally charged situations, learning from errors and near misses, and a balance between individual and systems responsibility.
 
 

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