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On My Mind
October 9, 2017

The Emotional Fallout From the Culture of Blame and Shame

Author Affiliations
  • 1The Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
JAMA Pediatr. Published online October 9, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.2691

If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.

Jack Kornfield

Following 4 years of medical school, 3 years of a pediatric residency, and 3 years of a fellowship, I started working as an attending physician in a pediatric emergency department.

Two months later, while caring for an infant who was involved in a high-speed motor vehicle crash, I failed to recognize the severity of his injuries and made decisions that delayed definitive care. The infant died that night and I was left wondering if another physician would have saved him.

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