Telluride Reflections for Days 2 and 3

This continues to be such an amazing week here at the Patient Safety Summer School for Residents. I am currently sitting with a group of residents at the beautiful backyard patio of the Ah Haa School for the Arts, listening attentively and raptly to Paul Levy’s voluntary advice about negotiations. I just can’t believe I am surrounded by such an amazing and inspiring group of people. I cannot even begin to reflect on all the incredible moments of which I have been a part so far this week (and it’s only Wednesday!) but this is definitely going down as one of them. From the team building and communication we learned from the Teeter Totter game yesterday to the powerful and emotionally stirring video on the tragic story of Michael Skolnik to the unbelievable scenery and serenity of the Bear Creek Trail hike this morning, this is an experience that can never be recreated but that I will hold in my heart and my mind forever. It is so easy to become jaded in medicine, especially as a resident, and this is exactly what I needed at this point in my life to reinforce why I went into medicine in the first place: for the patient.  I’m making a personal commitment to myself and to everyone here at TSRC that I am taking this home and will implement more patient safety measures and quality improvement at my home program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. I am going to start with resident education because I feel like this is the greatest need at present. We can each make a difference as long as we keep our eye on the common goal which is the health and safety of the patient, and thanks to this amazing week, I truly  believe this and am ready to do my part.