Improving Health Care: Cognitive Bias & the Science of Decision Making

Doctors are well educated, highly motivated, and hard working. But medical errors are all too common. Why does this happen? Why do knowledgeable, well-intentioned physicians make judgment errors that can result in harm to patients?

In the course Improving Health Care: Cognitive Bias & The Science of Decision Making, you will learn about the psychology of decision making and how to make smarter decisions in the presence of uncertainty.

Building on the landmark research from Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, attendees will learn how to recognize cognitive bias and systematic errors in decision making.

Course instructors Ellis Arjmand, MD, MMM, PhD, Professor of Otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine and Chief of Otolaryngology at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Oded Netzer, PhD, Professor of Business at Columbia Business School in New York City, will lead attendees through an interactive workshop focused on the psychology of decision making in medicine.

FEBRUARY 10, 2018 • Saturday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


  • Cognitive Bias and Decision Making
  • Systematic Forms of Error: Understanding Our Biases
  • System I and System II: Thinking Fast and Slow
  • Interrogating the Data
  • Understanding Error in Medical Decision Making
  • Syntheses vs. Summary
  • Reducing Bias in Medical Decision Making


Third Coast
6550 Bertner Avenue, 6th Floor
Houston, Texas 77030


  • Early registration: $450
  • After January 12: $550
  • For information call 832-822-3268.

Presented by Texas Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery

Accreditation/Credit Designation

Texas Children’s Hospital is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Texas Children’s Hospital designates this live activity for a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.