#WILTW 4/30/2015

This week I learned I’M not immune to the Dunning-Kruger effect..  This is a theory that people tend to overestimate themselves, and aren’t aware of their own short comings.

Advancing in any profession requires a certain amount of honest self reflection.  As we progress I imagine we go through stages where we think we know it all, and then something happens to point out to us that we donT know as much as we think we do.

Just reading.listening isn’t enough, you have to apply the knowledge either in simulation or on real patients.  Just having absorbed knowledge and not done anything to apply it, just makes y out a trivia master.  Not an “Expert”

We jokingly point out those who aren’t on the FOAMed bandwagon, but some of us who are on the bandwagon are kidding ourselves when we think we’re doing better than others.

As we continue along that path to expert status, it’s very important to keep a close eye on our ego as well as our knowledge and skills.




Simons DJ1. Unskilled and optimistic: overconfident predictions despite calibrated knowledge of relative skill. Psychon Bull Rev. 2013 Jun;20(3):601-7. PMID: 23345139.

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