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Academic Medicine Podcast

Aug 24, 2020

"Failure is an intense experience for health care professionals. Even in most cases when the patient experiences no lasting harm, the professional who failed will suffer. There is no getting used to this pain. We cannot prepare for it, and often we feel alone in working through it."

Dr. Jennifer Klasen reflects on using failure as an opportunity for growth and for forging more authentic connections with colleagues and patients. 

This essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the August 2020 issue of Academic Medicine. Read the essay at