When I think about the airline industry, aircraft carriers and nuclear power plants I think about high risk organizations that pride themselves in keeping safety as a number one priority. Why do we think healthcare should be any different? Providing health care is high risk but why don’t we collectively recognize this fact and take the appropriate steps to ensure that our patients are kept safe from our own hands and our own systems? Why as healthcare providers are we above learning from other high risk industries?
As doctors, I think we pride ourselves too much on our innovative minds and we have difficulty recognizing how much we can learn from other industries’ successes and failures. It’s easy to say that medicine is different and that others can’t begin to understand what we do, but we don’t have to re-invent the wheel when it comes to patient safety and we… Continue reading
Day one in telluride proved to be educational and inspiring. The negotiations piece by Paul Levy was interesting because I have never thought about how apparent negotiations are in our day-to-day lives. I also was never aware of the components of negotiation skills or their application to medicine. What an important life skill that I can continue to practice. C.U.S. is a new acronym to me but something I can see being easily applied to our new intern orientation next week. There were so many passionate and inspiring comments in the room. After a full day at the intermediate school I think we were all excited to share our passion and our personal experiences with patient safety and quality improvement at our home institutions. I had a great gondola ride with my fellow residents and I can sense a spark lit within all of us. I am looking forward to the week ahead!