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Fixing what once was broken: Ross Fisher at DFTB18


Spoilers: There are some minor swears at the beginning of this talk so if you are easily offended or are listening with children around then fast-forward 10 seconds or so.

We have all made mistakes. Some are small – like forgetting to get the milk on the way home, some are huge – like forgetting your wedding anniversary. In this closing talk from DFTB18 Ross talks about the ancient Japanese art of Kintsugi. By fixing shards of broken pottery with molten gold artists created something even more beautiful than that which was broken.

What if you make a mistake? Can you be fixed?

This talk was recorded live at DFTB18 in Melbourne, Australia. With the theme of ‘Science and Story‘ we pushed our speakers to step out of their comfort zones and consider why we do what we do. Caring for children is not just about acquiring the scientific know-how but also about taking a look beyond a diagnosis or clinical conundrum at the patient and their families.

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Selected references

Callahan K, Christman G, Maltby L. Battling burnout: strategies for promoting physician wellness. Advances in Pediatrics. 2018 May 7.

Shanafelt TD, Noseworthy JH. Executive leadership and physician well-being: nine organizational strategies to promote engagement and reduce burnout. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2017 Jan 1 (Vol. 92, No. 1, pp. 129-146). Elsevier.


  • The house-elves are still hard at work, copying, pasting, and occasionally weaving a little magic!


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