Dr. Donald Berwick - Saving 100,000 Lives

The 17th episode of the Psychology Podcast with Daniel Karim features Dr. Donald Berwick the former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Why I Wanted To Learn From Dr. Donald Berwick

Some Is Not a Number. Soon Is Not a Time. The number is 100,000. The time is NOW. The goal is achievable, but we need your help. Please be part of the 100,000 Lives Campaign.

One year ago, while creating my ideal future blueprint I set out a career goal that changed the trajectory of my life forever: Change the lives of 100000 individuals for the better within the next five years.

This was the answer to the question; What do I have to do with my career in order to feel worthwhile?

There was only one “small” problem with this “humble” proclamation – I had no idea how to do it.

How does one transform himself into an individual that is capable of changing the world?

This was precisely the question that motivated me to reach out to Dr. Donald Berwick, one of the architects of the 100,000 lives campaign, a national initiative to engage thousands of U.S. hospitals in an effort to prevent 100,000 needless inpatient deaths by changing the habits of hospital employees.

What Is This Episode About

  • How to help at scale
  • How to not get overwhelmed by big goals
  • Dr. Berwick’s reason for helping people
  • The 100000 lives campaign
  • How to change the habits of an entire nation
  • How to find your life’s calling

Dr. Donald Berwick
Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, FRCP, is president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A pediatrician by background, Dr. Berwick has served on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health, and on the staffs of Boston’s Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has also served as vice chair of the US Preventive Services Task Force, the first “independent member” of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, and chair of the National Advisory Council of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He served two terms on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Governing Council, was a member of the IOM’s Global Health Board, and served on President Clinton’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Healthcare Industry. Recognized as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Dr. Berwick has received numerous awards for his contributions. In 2005, he was appointed “Honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire” by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of his work with the British National Health Service. Dr. Berwick is the author or co-author of over 160 scientific articles and six books. He currently serves as lecturer in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School.
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