|Dr. Atul Gawande speaks in Masur Auditorium.
There are 60,000 different ways the body
can fail and medicine has developed 4,000
surgical procedures and 6,000 drugs to
treat those failures, according to surgeon,
New Yorker staff writer and public health
researcher Dr. Atul Gawande.
“That volume of knowledge and skill has
exceeded the knowledge of any one clinician
to know how to manage it. We are all part of
groups of people delivering health care,” he
explained during a wide-ranging discussion
with NIH director Dr. Francis Collins in
Masur Auditorium recently.
Gawande began by relaying one of the
best pieces of advice he received: say yes to
everything before age 40. The idea is “you
are experimenting in your life and paying
attention to what really gives you energy.”
What he loves is solving problems related
to “how we deliver health care and access
to health care” and “understanding how we
create better outcomes of care.”
Over the past century, there have
been many breakthroughs in science and
medicine. In many cases, however, those
breakthroughs aren’t applied in patient
care, Gawande said.