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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on His Novel

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about his novel, Monday Mornings. The story follows five surgeons at Chelsea General Hospital in Massachusetts who discuss their bad outcomes at something known as the Morbidity and Mortality conference. The novel is about what they learn from their mistakes, both professional and personal.

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Comments [5]

As a secretary who typed medical department notes, I know that M&M conferences take place at the team/resident level (weekly and/or post-serious incident), plus monthly departmental M&M review meetings followed by QA - quality assurance meetings to circulate the findings & recommendations throughout a hospital. They also take place at procedure clinics and primary care clinics. These meetings serve multiple purposes - resident training, possible grand round topics for attending MDs & finding best practices & setting up protocols for prevalent clinical conditions/presenting symptoms.

Mar. 14 2012 01:42 PM
tom from NY metro area

In the NY metropolitan area, in the pre-op area I witnessed the hot-shot thoracic surgeon giving the pre-op nurse/supervisor a hard time about reviewing with him the operation he was about to perform on my son-in-law, like "Is this rally necessary?? I know what I'm doing!!". She held her ground, though. (He did save my son-law's life; the other surgeons were not willing to undertake the operation, debriding a scarred lung and repairing other damage from a bullet).

Mar. 14 2012 12:58 PM
anonyme

Can you ask what Dr Gupta knows of Steve Jobs redesigning medical machinery etc. - I just ragged about them my first go-round with MRIs etc - Jobs had ideas to help and shared them - has he heard some of Jobs' suggestions?

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Mar. 14 2012 12:53 PM
Mark

Dr G: You made it "fiction" so you can be more "candid"? Mark

Mar. 14 2012 12:48 PM
stuart from manhattan

fyi - The Morbidity and Mortality conference is not fiction - this is a real meeting that is held on a regular basis where doctors discuss both good and bad outcomes.

Mar. 14 2012 12:33 PM

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