Doctors as pit crews

When Ezra Klein tells me I need to read something by Atul Gawande, I do.  When Ezra Klein and me tell you that you should read something by Atul Gawande, you should (he’s a practicing physician and a New Yorker staff writer who writes great articles for the magazine as well as a couple very thoughtful books I’ve read).  This is his commencement speech to Harvard Medical school this year.  Basic theme: doctors need to stop thinking like cowboys are start thinking like members of pit crews (lots of cooperation, communication, and clearly defined roles).

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Doctors as pit crews

  1. Neil says:

    Gawande’s stuff for the New Yorker is excellent. Better is a terrific book as well. I wasn’t very impressed with Checklist (the book). The New Yorker article about the checklist is superb.

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