When a surgical colleague makes an error

Ryan M. Antiel, Thane A. Blinman, Rebecca M. Rentea, Katherine W. Gonzalez, E. Marty Knott, David Juang, Tolulope Oyetunji, G. W. Holcomb, Peter Angelos, John D. Lantos*

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Professionalism requires that doctors acknowledge their errors and figure out how to avoid making similar ones in the future. Over the last few decades, doctors have gotten better at acknowledging mistakes and apologizing to patients when a mistake happens. Such disclosure is especially complicated when one becomes aware of an error made by a colleague. We present a case in which consultant surgeons became aware that a colleague seemed to have made a serious error. Experts in surgery and bioethics comment on appropriate responses to this situation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20153828
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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