The practice of medicine is an emotional teeter-totter

Simulation games are a big part of the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp.  They are emotionally engaging, often high pressure situations, that mimic what can occur in clinical settings.  The lessons in teamwork and communication are embedded and lasting.  One such game is a teeter-totter–a plank on a cinder block–on which 7 people have to step up, one at a time, and hold the plank in balance–with the risk of getting off balance and “killing” an egg placed under each end of the board. (See here for a full description and explanatory pictures from a previous year.) Here are some expressions of the residents participating in the game this week.