Atul Gawande Delivers Keynote at BU Health Sector Lecture Series

in Health Sector, School, SMG Hot Topics
October 27th, 2010

“The Checklist Effect: Using Management Tools to Transform Healthcare Practice”

On April 14, 2010, the noted surgeon and author Atul Gawande delivered the keynote speech at BU’s Health Sector Lecture Series, drawing approximately 300 students and faculty from across the University.

His talk addressed applying process innovation to one of medicine’s most crucial current issue’s: preventable medical errors. His solution: "The Checklist Effect," a simple but powerful tool to improve outcomes.  Gawande also explored how management tools have been imported into clinical practice and examined how incentives play a critical role in enhancing or discouraging this transformation. A panel discussion followed Gawande’s talk featuring Ravin Davidoff, chief medical officer at the Boston Medical Center, and Janet Porter, chief operating officer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The event was capped by a networking reception.

Watch Gawande discuss his most recent book, The Checklist Manifesto, on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: