Episode 629

The Second Victim Syndrome with Dr. Haytham Kaafarani

EP. 629 •

Jun 15

• 48 MIN

The Second Victim Syndrome with Dr. Haytham Kaafarani


You just finished a difficult case in which a complication occurred. Feelings of guilt, sadness, and anxiety are pouring over you. You can’t help but think you are a terrible surgeon, maybe even a terrible person. Does this sound familiar? Complications have profound psychological impact on surgeons. Find out how one surgeon decided to do something about it by creating a peer support program. Join Jessica Millar and Patrick Georgoff as they discuss the second victim syndrome with Dr. Haytham Kaafarani (@hayfarani). 


  1. The Surgeon as the Second Victim? Results of the Boston Intraoperative Adverse Events Surgeons’ Attitude (BISA) Study: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28093300/ 
  2. Design and Impact of a Novel Surgery-Specific Second Victim Peer Support Program: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31857209/ 
  3. When Things Go Wrong: The Surgeon as Second Victim: https://pubmed.ncbi. nlm.nih.gov/30480564/ 
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