The day began with introduction ice-breakers as student took turn introducing each other to the bigger group. From the introductions, it was clear that the Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable is hosting an extraordinary group of students this week – Medical Students, Pharmacy Students, and one student obtaining her Masters of Jurisprudence in Health Law. In addition, the Roundtable is blessed with faculty from Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, North Carolina, Maryland, Florida, and California.
Following introductions, the entire group attentively watched the film The Faces of Medical Error – From Tears to Transparency: The Story of Lewis Blackman. Unlike the two prior Roundtables this year, Helen Haskell, Lewis’ mom, was part of the faculty. She offered her own reflections on the events which occurred related to Lewis’ case, and answered questions from students and faculty. At one point Helen made the poignant observation that Lewis would have been the age of many… Continue reading
In an unprecedented way the Telluride Roundtable enters its third straight week of engaging learners in the importance of open, honest, and effective communication in health care. With students and faculty gathered from all over the country, this week’s activities hope to build on the two previous, very successful weeks here in the San Juan Mountains! Under brilliant blue skies and with near perfect weather conditions, the conversations will center on ways these futures leaders in health care can champion change within their own hospitals and clinics and beyond.
Unique to this week’s attendee roster: Students of Pharmacy and Law will join the Medical Students in the learning process. From the Patient Advocacy perspective, Helen Haskell – founder of Mothers Against Medical Error – will share her perspectives on patient safety, patient and family-centered care, and the critical importance of honesty during the informed consent process, as well as when… Continue reading
As transparency in health care begins to take root, remarkable and positive changes follow its adoption. Whether through the disclosure of medical error to patients and families or the public posting of hospital-acquired conditions, transparency is driving significant changes in behavior that improve the quality and safety of health care. In order for successful, transparent approaches to the prevention and response to patient harm to take root, education of our future health care providers and leaders becomes a critical imperative. To that end, the Eighth Annual 2012 Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable is training medical student and resident physician leaders from across the country in the identification and implementation of strategies, methods and tools for the adoption and implementation of open, honest, and effective communication in the health care settings to which they will return.
This week will be emotionally and intellectually challenging for all participants as cases of patient… Continue reading
These are exciting times for Transparent Health – in the past few months we have seen the effectiveness of the “Story of Lewis Blackman” in a variety of educational settings – from the closing plenary at the National Patient Safety Foundation annual meeting to the new resident physician orientation at the University of Illinois at Chicago where over 250 new residents and interns watched the movie and reflected upon it with dozens of other health care professionals.
The key to improvement on Patient Safety and Quality relies on transparent, effective, and honest communication between care professionals with patients and their families from the beginning of the patient’s first encounter with a professional or an institution. We feel fortunate to be able to play a role with our colleagues and friends in the dissemination of that critical message.
The past Sixth Annual Telluride Patient Safety curricula meeting helped further… Continue reading