Hospital Medicine: Diagnostic Errors
Summary: This month’s edition features a discussion about identifying and preventing cognitive diagnostic errors. The topic was covered at an HM13 workshop last spring, presented by a team of hospitalists from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Jennifer Myers, the hospital’s patient safety officer and director of quality and safety education, talks about how medical residents have influenced her thinking on the subject. Dr. James Reilly, a research associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UPenn, talks about the hospital’s campaign to teach medical students how to identify errors, and Dr. Jeffrey Greenblatt, assistant professor of clinical medicine at UPenn, tells why hospitalists are ideally poised to lead the charge on diagnostic error prevention.