While on my UK medical school elective in California in late Summer 2015 I was able to stay with Neelaysh Vukkadala, a Telluride Scholar I had met at the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety. On an excursion to check out San Francisco I travelled between two iconic buildings, one a prestigious science institute and the other a popular Art Gallery. I connected with a Buddhist monk in a park between these two tourist attracting buildings.
Reflecting on the experience a good few months on has made me appreciate how intertwined our world really is. Religion, Culture, Arts and Science can no longer be compartmentalised. They each contribute to the rich tapestry that forms part of the cocktail that is today’s globalised society.
Thank you to Dr Adam Gwozdz for encouraging me to apply for this unique opportunity that I had forgotten existed until early last year, to all that supported my application at the BMJ and KCL, and to all the lovely friends I found in Napa. I hope we can continue to motivate each other to ensure the patient is at the centre of our work and that we continue to improve the standards of patient care globally, making the most of the inevitable changes taking place in health systems across the World.
It’d be great to hear from anyone working on collaborative projects in the US. I am working with colleagues on launching a global collaborative model in the coming months and would welcome input and collaboration between Telluride Alumni, Faculty and anyone interested in inspiring open access collaboration and innovation.