Attending the Telluride Experience is important to me because through my experiences in medicine I have learned that medical errors are inevitable. In the belief that the medical world is a utopia, I had a difficult time wrapping my head around imperfection in medicine. Grappling with the thought of entering a field that is laden with medical errors, I found it difficult to rationalize becoming a physician. I found myself constantly asking the wrong questions: how do I stop errors from happening? Whereas I should really be asking what can I do work through these errors. Developing the skills to overcome these errors and avoid severe consequences is vital.
After learning about the countless medical errors cited in our readings, I was flabbergasted by the gravity of poor communication that led to countless deaths. Cases such as Lewis Blackman’s highlight the importance of creating a culture of safety. In the… Continue reading