Monday, May 28, 2018 • 10:45 - 12:15
Track Chair: Dr. James Stempien
Room: TELUS Glen 206

We All Screw Up Sometimes - Drs. Doug Sinclair, Sam Campbell, Constance LeBlanc

Description: I am a panel member reviewing common pitfalls in diagnostic thinking that result in medical error, by reflecting on the video of Dr. Pat Croskerry, and using examples from my ED practice

Learning Objectives:

  1. understand how cognitive thinking can affect patient assessment and treatment
  2. develop practical strategies to minimize diagnostic error during a clinical shift
  3. understand health system issues as a component of diagnostic error


  1. utilize self-reflection as a mitigation strategy
  2. de-construct cases to learn about cognitive bias
  3. understand your own patterns of fatigue to maximize good decision making

Biography (Doug Sinclair): Just completed 8 years as Executive VP and Chief Medical Officer at St Michaels Hospital and continuing to practice Adult and Pediatric EM

Biography (Sam Campbell)Chief of Emerg at the Halifax Infirmary. Cheated out of a noble prize on numerous occasions.

Biography (Constance LeBlanc): Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development and Education Research, Dalhousie University

Second Victim Syndrome - Dr. Nadim Lalani

Description: A discussion of second victim syndrome in the context of physician error and what can be done to mitigate its effects

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe what second victim syndrome is
  2. Understand factors that promote vulnerability of physicians
  3. Enact mitigation strategies that promote resilience


  1. Second victim syndrome is real and can have deadly consequences
  2. Physician identity has a large part to do with our vulnerability to emotional events
  3. Self awareness around key determinants of resilience will enable physicians to thrive in spite of these disruptive events


Biography: I am an ER physician although that is a small label in my life. I am a human being and father foremost. I am passionate about building people into the best version of themselves. Although I have a medical education background I now use professional coaching as a vehicle to enable medical types to win at medicine and at life.