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Generously supported by
The Doctors Company Foundation,
The COPIC Medical Foundation,
Judith A. Nowak, MD

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What is The Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience?

4-day, intensive workshops that convene resident physicians, medical students, nursing students, and health science/pharmacy students to focus on patient safety concepts and the application of quality and safety improvement strategies and techniques.

Led by internationally renowned patient safety experts, TTE utilizes various teaching modalities to help you learn profoundly for sustained impact and provides functional tools to share these lessons with colleagues after returning to your institution.

Rescheduled 2021 Session Schedule


  • The CMF Session 1*: 8/23 – 8/26
  • The Doctors Company Foundation Scholar Session 2: 8/30 – 9/2
    Welcome receptions are Sunday evening with departures the following Friday morning

    *Session exclusive to The COPIC Medical Foundation resident physicians.


  • The Bennathan Scholar Session 3: 9/9 – 9/12
    Welcome reception is Wednesday evening with departure late afternoon Sunday

Virtual format may be substituted at the discretion of The Academy pending COVID-19 developments.

Become part of a growing and preeminent patient safety and healthcare quality alumni network by attending one of our 2021 sessions.
Read comments and reflections from this year’s sessions on the Telluride Experience blog.

“The energy of our resident and student alumni is invigorating, and something we as faculty look forward to each year. It recharges our efforts at the front lines of care or hospital administration, and we hope, contributes to making care that much safer for patients around the world.”

Dave Mayer, MD, founder

“If I had spent the last four days locked in a library researching patient safety literature nonstop, I would not have walked away with as much knowledge, enthusiasm and support as I acquired.”

John Hatoun, MD, Telluride Scholar 2012

“The past two days not only have re-framed why I truly entered medical school – to make a difference in my patients’ lives to the best of my capabilities – but it has also taught me what a great physician should be like.”

Geoffroy Fauchet, M3, Telluride Scholar 2014

“Every nurse that has attended has returned with a gusto and passion for safety and quality that is difficult to quantify! The value of the interdisciplinary approach, the key components of HRO, and the desire to “stand up and speak up” when concerns arise have been central to the opportunities for learning. I so highly recommend this program! Thank you for the opportunity to have our new to practice nurses attend and then return with innovative, practical and passionate ideas to spread throughout our organization, thus continuing to enhance our culture of safety!”

Eileen Ferrell, MSN, BSN, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

“If every healthcare professional attended one of the Telluride Experience sessions we would not have the same problem with preventable medical harm that we do today. These sessions reconnect providers with the reason they went into healthcare in the first place.”

Tracy Granzyk, MS, Telluride Faculty since 2008

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