Amber Balzer

Telluride Day 1 & 2 Reflection

I am not a usual “blogger” so I am using the tactic that Tracy taught us to talk about the parts of this experience that have made me feel. The first thing that I jotted down that I wanted to explore more but we did not have time in the day, was the concept of “The Pause”. I had the pleasure of working alongside Jonathan Bartels at the University of Virginia and have incorporated The Pause into my practice. For anyone that is unfamiliar with his work, I would strongly encourage you to watch this quick 3 minute video that introduces the concept, as it has really helped me to decompress after some of the most stressful moments in my life.

Another thing that keeps sticking out to me is the story of Lewis Blackman and the fact that his untimely death began with a newspaper article. It… Continue reading

Pre-Telluride Post

I wanted to attend the Telluride Experience primarily for two reasons. First, because I feel that it is crucial to understand the perspectives of fellow healthcare workers in order to provide truly holistic care. Second, because I feel that experiences such as this reinvigorate and recharge my passion for healthcare.

I work with a challenging population in inpatient hospital medicine which requires a lot of team coordination in order to manage. It is easy to get frustrated with interdisciplinary peers when we do not see the full picture of what everyone is doing behind the scenes. I feel that I have a broader sense than some in that I worked at the bedside as an RN for five years, and now as an NP for almost 2. However, interacting with other healthcare workers always deepens my sense of camaraderie and helps me to visualize and appreciate what every discipline brings… Continue reading

AELPS 2022 Dates

- CMF Scholars (Week 1)*: 6/5/22 - 6/9/22
*Session exclusive to COPIC Medical Foundation Residents.
- Sorrel McElroy Scholars (Week 2): 6/12/22 - 6/16/22
- Bennathan Scholars (Week 3): 7/19/22 - 7/23/22
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