Sarah Brewer

Day 1 Reflection

In Gwen’s presentation this morning about experience as a learning platform, I was particularly struck by her use of the word “sensemaking”; it’s a word that has come back to me multiple times throughout today’s discussions and learning activities. Before today, I’ve sometimes paused to consider the challenge of how we make sense of or reconcile stories among the different individuals within healthcare encounters (including but not limited to doctors, nurses, patients, family, and patient advocates). I think understanding the viewpoints of others is part of what we’re getting at with some of our discussions today. However, there is another element I had not previously considered and it connects back to Gwen’s presentation – the importance of what language or words we use when sense-making. I wonder what happens if we first reflectively write our story, and then analyze the words and language we’ve chosen in trying to understand our… Continue reading

Introduction Post – Sarah Brewer

I’m attending the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety because I believe our health care system has a duty to provide patients with safe, high-quality care. However, fulfilling this obligation requires a radical culture shift, and it is my goal to contribute to this critical cultural change.

My interest in quality improvement and patient safety stems from my experience as a child of someone who experienced a medical mistake. In the early 2000s, my mother’s surgeon made an error that led her to experience extreme, debilitating pain. The surgeon refused to believe my mother’s account of her symptoms post-surgery. In the following months, she consulted with other surgeons in our local area, but she came up against the ‘wall of silence’; these other surgeons refused to discuss her symptoms or the specifics of her operation, and they became offended when she asked if it was possible that something had… 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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