Over a decade ago, our nation’s healthcare sector was in upheaval following the disclosure of the Institute of Medicines report on deaths due to medical errors (IOM, 2000). In response, a Jedi warrior with a passion for patient safety education determined that someone needed to bring like-minded warriors together to discuss the plight of healthcare in America. Contemplating the vast need to join forces with other patient safety Jedi masters, the warrior identified and invited select masters to the table. In 2004, select Jedi made their way to a remote mountain in Telluride, Colorado. Over five long days and nights, each member of the Jedi council shared their knowledge and experience at the Telluride Roundtable. As the council members engaged in open conversation and consensus building, the initial plans for the rebellion against medical error became a reality. As each member shook hands and agreed to meet again… Continue reading
It’s difficult to believe that the Telluride Roundtable is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. For those of us who have been attending since the early years, the journey seems somewhat surreal. My first year on faculty at the University of Illinois College of Medicine was the second year of the roundtables’ existence. Little did I know that when I was introduced to Dr. Dave Mayer, founder of the Roundtable, I would be forever changed. In 2005, I attended the second year of the roundtable and found myself at a table with some of the most well known safety and quality leaders in the world. We shared one goal, to create safety and quality educational opportunities for medical students, residents, and ultimately, all health care providers.
In reflection, those first few years of the roundtable were a labor of love. The passion, the intensity of the discussions, is almost indescribable. Our… Continue reading