Because everything around us usually works, it can be easy to forget how fragile some of the workings are. My patients see this with their bodies, as they fail, but not so obvious to them are the fragilities of the healthcare system that we doctors get to see.

Despite what the if-it-bleeds-it-leads press might have you thinking, our healthcare system is pretty good. Good however is never good enough, at least not for doctors. Med schools select people who have always aimed to be better than good. So, we all entered the doctor-making factory with that predilection, and having matters of life and death thrust into our hands daily pushes us all to be more…