Elisabeth Poorman argues that becoming a doctor means learning that mistakes are not acceptable. From study through to practice, doctors are told in ways big and small, the only way to be a good doctor is to be a perfect doctor. The pressure only intensifies when real harm is on the line. The encouraged response is to study harder, sleep less, and never admit fear.
In this film from the 2019 Boston Moth Grand Slam, Poorman tells her own story and argues that it's not perfection, but humanity and compassion that patients need.