Paul Sorum, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Albany Medical College

 

Paul Sorum, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics, Albany Medical College

Sage 4101

February 6, 2008 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Jerome Groopman has prominently claimed of late that, to put it simply, doctors don't think very well.  He has made this claim in a much-read "New Yorker" piece, and in a book entitled "How Doctors Think".  The claim rests in large part on a number of examples of misdiagnosis.  In this talk, I begin to evaluate Groopman's case, by considering a series of questions, e.g., What are doctors?  To what extent are doctors' cognitive errors responsible for bad outcomes? 

 What is the difference between cognitive error and evidence-based medicine?  Is Bayesian reasoning as good as fast-and-frugal reasoning?  Can doctors be taught to avoid cognitive errors?  Discussion will be encouraged.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/01/29/070129fa_fact_groopman

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