This handout was created for my patients and their parents.


Important things to remember:

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You are the Pilot! is as an official selection at the 7th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles

In 2015 We AdVANCE – a documentary film on patient safety was an official selection at the 6th Annual Awareness Film Festival in Los Angeles.

We are happy to announce that You are the Pilot!, video created with what we learned from the Awareness film Festival and the Global Health Film Festival, is a an official selection to the 7th Annual Awareness.


“The mission of the Awareness Film Festival is bringing awareness and to open eyes to some of our world’s pressing issues: Ecological, Political, Health/Well Being and the Spirit. We showcase both Documentary and Narrative Features, as well as Short Films, Music Videos and Public Service Announcements. We have filmmaker Q&A’s, filmmaker Panels, as well as conscious art and music.

The Awareness Film Festival was formed by Heal One World, a non-profit charity. This Festival is also a fundraiser for Heal One World. Any net profits from this event will go completely to charity.”

Screening time for You are the Pilot! (video duration: 7 minutes)

October 11, 2016
9:00 pm – 11:30 pm

LA Live Regal Cinema(1000 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015)


Today, you are going to be flying a big jet, but you have not been feeling well lately. You have been taking a number of medications, and a few of them make you drowsy. The flight will be very long. You cannot take a copilot, because you have been informed that the flight path is confidential. Not having a copilot is unsettling. You have never taken any flying lessons and you have never piloted a plane before. Your flight controllers have told you that they will try to help you along the way. They have, however, hundreds of other planes to assist in taking off and landing safely. There is a dangerous illusion: these flight controllers believe they can safely control hundreds of planes flown by untrained pilots; occasionally a plane will crash. There is another problem: you do not know your destination.

You take off. You hit the hangar! You hit the flight school! You hit the control tower! Flight mechanics are hurt! Flight instructors are hurt! Flight controllers are hurt! You are hurt! Does this sound like a safe plan for flying a jet?

Of course this scenario is not safe, yet many of our patients have followed their treatments in this manner. In 2012 in the USA and in Canada, due to high aviation safety standards, there were no major airline commercial aircraft accidents leading to loss of life. However, it is estimated that in 2012, more than one hundred thousand people died in the USA and Canada, due to breaks in the health-care system that was intended to help them. In fact, there are more Canadians and Americans dying due to failures in the medical system than due to car accidents. This is a worldwide problem.

“You are the Pilot!” is a short video that proposes we should look at a similar scenario, but where we switch roles. In this scenario we assign aviation equivalent roles to our patients and medical system.


We are happy You are the Pilot! was selected to be screened at the Awareness Festival, as it is a perfect fit for our documentary film.


You are the Pilot! was directed by Alexandre G. Tavares and Cicero Torres and produced by Video@Click.

For more information on this spirit lifting film festival, visit:

We AdVANCE – Portuguese

Textos em Português sobre We AdVANCE:

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Dr. Alexandre G. Tavares website:



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Re-blogging a very interesting article: “Pokémon Go for Better Health?”



Unless you have been really out of touch, the US and Canada plus much of the world is engaged in a full-out Pokémon hunt. From Squirtle to Doduo to the elusive Pikachu, the search is on!

Once you see the crowds out in public, digital device in hand, walking together and talking together, enjoying themselves while playing/engaging the digital game (tool), you pause to consider the implications.

#DigitalHealth and the many personal health tools from fitness trackers to BP monitors to telehealth applications have met with mixed results. One major gap is seeing full penetration into the population coupled with an acceptable level of true use/engagement with the products. What good is the awesome #DigitalHealth technology when adoption is far from ideal? Issues such as socioeconomic reasons for low/no access rise to the surface even as we wonder, “We are building it, will they come?”

Recent news is already full…

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Blog turns 2 years old!

Dr. Tavares’ Blog on Patient Safety and Mental Health turns 2 years old.
Number of posts: 47
Views: 4,019
Visitors: 1,920
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Re-blogging: “Why your GP is so cost-effective”

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Why your GP is so cost-effective

I came across this joke on the GPDU Facebook site. It was posted by a colleague. He pointed out that the scenario is very applicable to general practice. Indeed, it nicely illustrates the cost benefits of a good doctor who can often make a diagnosis without many expensive tests…

A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird’s chest.

After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said: “I’m sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away.”

The distressed woman wailed: “Are you sure?”

“Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead,” replied the vet.

“How can you be so sure?” she protested. “I mean you haven’t done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something.”

The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the…

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Re-blogging: “What Teenage Patients — and Their Parents — Want from Their Care Team”

Great article from Dr. Peter Pronovost: very empathetic to the perspectives of our teenage patients.


Article: What Teenage Patients — and Their Parents — Want from Their Care Team

Um curso fantástico: “Curso Internacional Qualidade em Saúde e Segurança do Paciente”

Eu tive a chance de cursar a primeira edição do curso internacional de segurança de paciente e qualidade, curso oferecido pela Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Esperava curso muito bom, mas o curso foi fantástico! O entusiasmo dos nossos tutores, coordenadores de curso e colegas me manteve muito interessado no curso até o final. Recomendo o curso sem nenhuma reserva. Fiquei orgulhoso de ver nosso povo (portugueses organizadores do curso; alunos brasileiros, portugueses e angolanos) poder organizar curso tão fantástico.

O curso estava claramente estruturando e facilmente acessível eletronicamente. Embora os momentos presenciais não fossem obrigatórios, foram altamente proveitosos. Participei dos dois momentos presenciais. Nossos tutores e coordenadores do curso foram muito acolhedores. Já sinto falta das viagens a Lisboa.

Espero poder cursar outros cursos na ENSP no futuro.

Alexandre Tavares

Sobre a 2ª Edição do Curso Internacional Qualidade em Saúde e Segurança do Paciente::


List of Parenting Resources

List of Parenting Resources for my future patients and their parents at Grand River Hospital (GRH).

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