Most physicians take being right very seriously.We take pride in our work, relish using our hard-won knowledge to help patients, and do not like to be told that we are wrong. Likewise, it can be difficult for us to cope with uncertainty.We want to know whether we are right or wrong.When we transmit this passion for clarity to medical students and residents, we make at least two assumptions. First, we assume that they should dislike uncertainty as much as we do. Second, we assume that we know the correct answer. There is no question that being right is a good thing, and much to be preferred to being wrong.Yet being right is not the only criterion, and often not even the most important criterion, by which to assess medical excellence.
KeywordsMedical Student Faculty Member Faculty Development Performance Appraisal Department Chair
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