EM1812F "The Second Victim" (IM GR-120718)

Second Victims are healthcare providers who are involved in stressful events including adverse events involving patients who are also traumatized with negative effects on their psyche and job performance. This presentation will describe Second Victims in a broad sense then focus on them from a healthcare perspective. Risk factors, prevalence, harms, and institutional responses will be discussed.

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Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Describe a second victim
  • Identify situations that could lead to second victims
  • Recognize the need for institutional support for them.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Vivek Patel, M.D.Vivek Patel, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine

Vivik Patel is an Assistant professor of Internal Medicine in the Divison of Hospital Medicine. He is interested in inpatient medicine, physician wellness, patient safety, high value care, and education.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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