Today was an action packed day filled with adventure, challenge and emotion. Watching Bleed Out at the end of the day was such a powerful experience that I think we will all remember for years to come. It’s a testament to the power of story telling and how it can illuminate an experience and move someone to their very core. I look forward to bringing this film to my community and perpetuating the waves it has already created.
Hearing the Gentry’s story about patient safety today was quite striking. I think it is a message of hope and conveys a message about how a disclosure and post-harm conversation should occur. I also remain wondering what the same scenario looks like for folks who not only “aren’t as lucky” but who may be from disadvantaged backgrounds or who go to county hospitals, or folks who are just different, or patients who are might be “a little rough around the edges.”
One of my most precious clinical encounters was with a difficult patient and his family. The patient was a young man who did not act his age, and some might say that the family dynamics were pretty dysfunctional at times. But I saw and worked with that patient every day for over a month, and despite our differences and challenges in communication, we found a way to connect. Of… Continue reading
Our discussions and training today have me feeling energized about patient safety. As I look forward to implementing what I have learned, I am left with a lingering question. In our readings and the film today there is language that highlights age and training level. In particular, I have noticed references to the “young doctor” in these stories of patient safety, often who has contributed to the failure of the medical system to protect a patient. My question is: how does one balance the task of creating a culture of collaboration and teamwork that fosters group communication and shared responsibility of patient safety with the need to operate within the framework of medical hierarchy based off of years of clinical experience? As a soon-to-be “young doctor” myself, how do I navigate finding (and then using) my voice and the space to keep patients safe while also simultaneously being told that… Continue reading
As a new fourth year medical student, the reality of impending graduation and licensure is becoming quite real. The last 3 years have been spent diligently studying for pre-clinical exams, shelves, and boards, vying for opportunities of hands-on practice, and slowly building a foundation of medical knowledge. This has allowed for little time to reflect on how far one has come and to look ahead at what the future holds – I suppose that is in part what 4th year is for. With 312 days until graduation, it has become clear that there is still MUCH learning to be had and much learning that will continue throughout my medical career.
I believe that my medical institution values patient safety. We have extensive training in a variety of modalities in communication, team work, advocacy, and interprofessionalism, and are held to very high professional, ethical and academic standards. However, after reading Wall… Continue reading