Today in class, we discussed why doctors are held to such high standards especially in regards to when they make mistakes. For me, this comes down to the fact that we trust doctors with our health and life. We believe that after all their rigorous years of schooling, they will know what to do, and not make a careless mistake. While I realize that doctors are humans and they do make mistakes, sometimes these mistakes are not that minor. Like the examples from class, there are the horror stories of the wrong limb being amputated or receiving the wrong dosage of a painkiller. These are major errors since they leave significant and visible repercussions, sometimes even death. Furthermore, it seems that it is much easier to pinpoint a medical error to a specific time and person. If my healthy foot was amputated, I would be able to track it and blame the doctor in charge of the surgery. Professor Jennings asked us to briefly think how medical errors compare and contrast to other fields. I find this comparison to other fields, especially education, to be extremely interesting. Our education has a very big impact on our lives. If a person graduates from high school, he or she has spent at least 12 years of formalized schooling. Let’s say that while this person was in kindergarten, his teacher labeled him as a trouble, hyper child. Because of his antsy behavior, he couldn’t focus and learn. However, the teacher did not try other methods or to accommodate his learning style or see what other issues may be affecting his behavior. The teacher talks to the other teachers and word spreads that this student is a troublemaker. The student will most likely start to think he is in fact a troublemaker and won’t make an effort to change, if none of his teachers give him the care and attention he needs. Now the child carries this label with him, which will affect the education he receives. Now, it might seem easy to pinpoint this error in teaching back to his kindergarten teacher, but none of his other teachers tried to work with him and change this label. As a result, it is more difficult to pinpoint this error, which has long-term consequences. When doctors make mistakes, it seems so detrimental since the errors are easier to pinpoint and the effects are more visible.