I was so excited to begin my 4-day dive into patient safety and quality at beautiful Turf Valley Resort. One of my goals as a medical student this weekend was to be a sponge – absorb as much information as I can from both the organized program as well as connecting with medical student, resident, and nursing peers attending. Since I haven’t seen any patients in real life yet, I just wanted to hear stories and appreciate others’ experiences to best prepare myself for when that time comes.
One of the most memorable things I learned about from the first day was how to approach bringing up issues to and reporting higher authority figures in the medical hierarchy. I really appreciated learning about tangible things that can be done by even medical students: calling a hospital hotline, framing concerns as questions, and shedding the fear of “career risk” over “patient… Continue reading