Nathaniel Wiest

Day 1 Reflection

Inspiration, emotion, altitude, and a crushed egg

  1. Inspiration- The story of Lewis Blackman was so powerful. It was hard watching the vital signs get worse and worse, and the pain migrating and getting worse. I wanted to teleport there to say we needed an urgent abdominal CT. I wanted the nurse to call a rapid response, and for an ICU consult immediately when blood pressure was not measurable, things that I would hope to have done if this happened today in my hospital. The strength of his mother Helen Haskell, and her desire to make a difference for Lewis to help others, inspire me.
  2. Inspiration #2- Such great lectures. I am hoping the powerpoints will be sent to us. I want to study and meditate on what I learned, from reflection to premature closure to confirmation bias to automatic analysis of safety events to incident analysis and so much more.… Continue reading

Why I’m attending

Attending the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety is important to me for academic and personal reasons. Let’s start with the academic. It is hard to find a precise number of how many patients are hurt or killed every year due to medical errors but estimates of deaths range from 22,000 to 250,000 in the United States. Put another way, as a future oncologist I interpret this as medical errors killing anywhere from leukemia to nearly all cancers combined.

The problem with numbers, though, is that focusing on these neat arithmetic devices obscures the human tolls. At a minimum, 22,000 husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, cool aunts, goofy uncles, and favorite grandparents were lost unnecessarily. At least 22,000 families shed tears, attended funerals, and experienced gaps in their lives that did not need to be. Thousands of shocked family members, I’m sure, thought their loved ones were recovering only to… 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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