Can a conversation save a life? I recently learned about the importance and impact of informed consent. In a video, we learned about Michael Skolnik and his story. Michael was an aspiring nurse who unfortunately passed away due to complications from neurosurgery. His parents were shocked from the outcome because they were never informed about the risks and alternatives to surgery, which are essential elements of informed consent. Had they known all the information, they could have been better equipped to decide the best course of treatment for Michael. One important tool I learned today was shared decision making, which includes informed consent but also includes a more comprehensive conversation about the needs and wishes of the patient and his or her family regarding treatment. It starts with an honest conversation, with the patient at the very center of the treatment team. A conversation can save a life.