Michelle Knees

Reflection: Days 1 and 2

As I write this post from an incredible suite (thanks COPIC!), looking out the hotel window as the sun sets over the mountains, I feel… lucky.

The first two days have been hard in ways I didn’t expect. After spending the past year undergoing fairly rigorous VA-sponsored HRO, patient safety, QI, and lean six sigma training, the didactic portions of this conference feel familiar. However, missing in most of the formal training that I’ve received over the past year has been the patient. It feels odd to write that I could have received so much patient safety training and forgotten about the actual patient, but it’s true. Only 25% of my year was spent in a clinical setting, and discussions about patient safety generally occurred in the abstract. I led M&Ms, but I didn’t meet the patients we were discussing. I participated in chartered RCAs, but I never spoke… Continue reading

AELPS at Long Last! Intro Post.

I first heard about the AELPS conference from a mentor in January of 2021. I was halfway through my last year of internal medicine residency with plans to start the next academic year as our residency program’s Chief Resident in Quality and Patient Safety. This conference sounded like the perfect way to meet, collaborate, and learn with other healthcare professionals; while my friends tended to roll their eyes whenever I started monologuing about the dangers of indiscriminate pan-scans or perked up at the mention of fishbone diagrams, these healthcare professionals would presumably feel a similar level of excitement and passion for healthcare quality and patient safety. Unfortunately, the conference was scheduled for June and I felt uncomfortable leaving for a week during the first month of my chief year. Disappointed, I marked the website in order to tell future mentees about the opportunity and thanked my mentor for thinking of… Continue reading

AELPS 2022 Dates

- CMF Scholars (Week 1)*: 6/5/22 - 6/9/22
*Session exclusive to COPIC Medical Foundation Residents.
- Sorrel McElroy Scholars (Week 2): 6/12/22 - 6/16/22
- Bennathan Scholars (Week 3): 7/19/22 - 7/23/22
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