Making Decisions under Pressure

Thursday, 17 October 2019


From 1900 to 2100

Medico-Chirurgical Hall

President’s Medal Lecture (2018/19)

Professor George Youngson graduated from Aberdeen University Medical School in 1973.  After research and training in a number of centres and countries (Aberdeen, Inverness, Uppsala Sweden, London Ontario, Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada), he was appointed a Consultant General Surgeon in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in 1984 and Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital in 1988.  He was awarded a personal chair in paediatric surgery in 1999 and became Emeritus Professor in 2010. He was made CBE for services to Child Health in June 2009.

He was previously Council member and Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.  His major interests are in surgical education, research into human factors and non-technical skills related to surgical performance and patient safety, and service configuration for children's specialist care.  He is also involved in global health initiatives including development of surgical infrastructure in low resource countries. 

This talk will examine some of the factors that influence human performance particularly under conditions of stress and pressure and outline the antidotes which can produce performance enhancement.

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