Immortal Bird Postscript

Doron Weber on Immortal Bird Aftermath

Immortal Bird Recommended as “Cautionary Tale” To All Pediatric Cardiologists by Leading Medical Publication

–Today I received an email from Dr. Alvin Chin at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia that “A publication which is a monthly newsletter to all pediatric cardiologists has made Immortal Bird its lead topic: http://www.congenitalcardiologytoday.com/index_files/CCT-FEB13-NA.pdf.”
–Apparently a Dr. John Moore, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSD School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Cardiology at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego wrote the lead article, A Cautionary Tale for Pediatric Cardiologists in which he recommended “that all congenital cardiologists and cardiac surgeons read Immortal Bird.” Moore purchased 3 dozen copies of the book and gave them to all the fellows, cardiologists, surgeons and nurse practitioners in his practice before holding both formal seminars and informal discussions about the medical issues raised in the book. He drew a large audience and wrote:

Immortal Bird is a powerful personal tale of the loss of a child, and it also provides important lessons for the congenital cardiology
community. Damon’s story should inspire us to strive for the best possible communications with families and with one another. Review
and consideration of the medical issues raised in the book may lead to improvements in the way we care for and treat our patients. I highly recommend that all congenital cardiologists and cardiac surgeons read the book.”

While Moore had certain issues with me, he went on recommend the book be used as a study guide and to stimulate broader discussion about how physicians should treat patients.

Immortal Bird is so loaded with relevant medical and behavioral topics that I decided it merited being the focus of discussion for two sessions of our regular fellowship educational lecture series. I purchased three dozen used books on Amazon, and provided a copy to each fellow,cardiologist, surgeon, and nurse practitioner in our program. I scheduled one-hour medical and behavioral sessions to occur two months after I distributed the books. I thought that the “readers” among us would finish the book quickly, and word of mouth would take care of the rest. I was right. After two months nearly everyone had read the book, and I was party to many informal discussions about it. By the time the scheduled sessions rose on the calendar, I expected and received large audiences. ”

Commenting on the article and the use of Immortal Bird by pediatric cardiologists, Dr. Chin wrote me. “He has taken the initiative to educate all of his troops, in terms of “lessons learned”…..or in ObamaSpeak, “using this as a teachable moment”. I think that Immortal Bird has had an effect on the congenital heart community, but it’s hard to quantitate. This is one piece of tangible evidence, though.”

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Doron Weber on Immortal Bird Aftermath

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