Anchors Away

Anchors away

In this Heartbeat we talk with a child abuse pediatrician who has seen what happens when we can’t see past a single diagnosis. She defines anchoring bias, how it can trip us up, and how to see past it.

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Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis.


Antoinette “Tony” Laskey MD, MPH, MBA Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief University of Utah Pediatrics. She is also the medical director of Safe and Healthy Families, a child abuse assessment and treatment center.


How doctors think by Jerome Groopman

Pat Croskerry, MD: Gating the holes in the Swiss cheese (part I): Expanding professor Reason’s model for patient safety. (link:

Seshia SS, Bryan Young G, Makhinson M, Smith PA, Stobart K, Croskerry P. J Eval Clin Pract. 2018 Feb;24(1):187-197. doi: 10.1111/jep.12847. Epub 2017 Nov 23

Read Jon Ilgen, MD (@Jon_Ilgen) EM tweet about cognitive biases.

Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

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