Failure is a difficult topic for medical students. It’s not something they’re used to, after earning undergrad degrees near the tops of their classes, and generally being the smartest people they know. But science is all about failure. Scientific experiments, part of the foundation upon which evidence-based medicine rests, fail again and again before they make the discoveries that change our understanding of the world in which we live.
Doctors must make their peace with failure. Even the best cannot always help those counting on them. This time on the Short Coat, we got a group of students together to discuss their experiences with failure and what they learned from it.
Given the sensitive nature of the discussion, everyone was given the opportunity to remain anonymous, and they were cautioned to speak only of their own experiences. Officials of the Carver College of Medicine reviewed the recording before it was released to ensure that no student’s right to confidentiality was violated.