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SGEM Xtra: Don’t Give Up – The Power of Kindness with Brian Goldman

SGEM Xtra: Don’t Give Up – The Power of Kindness with Brian Goldman
Date: May 26th, 2018
This is a SGEM Xtra book review. I had the honour of meeting and interviewing Dr. Brian Goldman at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physician (CAEP) annual scientific assembly in Calgary.

Dr. Goldman is an Emergency Medicine physician who works at Mount Sinai hospital in Toronto. He is the host of CBC radio show White Coat Black Art and the author of the bestselling books The Night Shift and the Secret language of Doctors.

Dr. Goldman has a fantastic new book called The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is essential in Everyday life. Listen to the podcast on iTunes to hear Brian answers questions about kindness:

  1. Define kindness, what is difference between kindness and empathy and what is synchrony?
  2. What is one of your favourite stories from the book about kindness?
  3. Is kindness nature or nurture (are we born kind or do we learn to be kind)?
  4. Do healthcare workers have their sense of empathy dulled over the years?
  5. Is there anything we can do as people who work in the emergency department to be more kind?

We made a BatDoc video which can be viewed by clicking on the link or the thumbnail picture.

The SGEM will be back next week with a structured critical review of a recent publication trying to cut the knowledge translation window down from over ten years to less than one year.


Remember to be skeptical of anything you learn, even if you heard it on the Skeptics’ Guide to Emergency Medicine.