Welcome to Clinician Cognition, a blog/podcast dedicated to the science and art of mindful practice within the healthcare field. While there are many outstanding resources on the Internet and elsewhere which discuss clinical care itself – namely, the evidence and interventions for achieving superior outcomes – we wanted to create a site which focuses solely on what happens inside the mind of a bedside clinician, and which provides tips and tricks for making deductive and inductive reasoning more foolproof.

We believe that introspection and self-regulation of heuristic processes are crucial to safe and effective practice, and we’re excited to share more with you about how we can all utilize mindful practice to become better clinicians. Some topics we’ve got in the pipeline include:

  • Defining and Understanding Heuristics
  • The Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • Sloppy Joes and Sloppy Codes
  • The Blind Spot(s)
  • The Sunk Cost Fallacy: When to Change Course
  • Breaking the Status Quo
  • Hick’s Law and Chill
  • Anchors Aweigh
  • If You’re Biased and You Know It, Are You Biased?
  • A Vent is Just a Machine that Blows Air
  • “It’s a Silly Kindergarten Thing but I Do It Anyway”
  • Post Hoc Fallacy
  • Intuitively Pleasing Doesn’t Mean Correct
  • From Shoes to Boots: Managing Your Amble
  • Rules Don’t Always Rule
  • Impostor Syndrome
  • Surviving Isn’t Everything: Know Your Goals
  • Interviews With Clinicians We Admire
  • …And More!

We’re going to be pulling material from books, journals, research, other blogs, peers… and you! We don’t want this site to be a uni-directional passing down of expertise. We want to engage our readers and listeners in a conversation on how we can all become superior health care providers.

We’re always open to suggestions, corrections, and opportunities for improvement. Never hesitate to drop us a line on the contact page or in the comments of a post if you have something to say!

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