When a Surgical Colleague Makes an Error.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

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.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Antiel, RM; Blinman, TA; Rentea, RM; Gonzalez, KW; Knott, EM; Juang, D; Oyetunji, T; Holcomb, GW; Angelos, P; Lantos, JD

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 137 / 3

Start / End Page

  • e20153828 -

PubMed ID

  • 26908678

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2015-3828


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States