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Beat Average and What is Old is New

by Shirley Conrad RN

Yeah, I know the World Cup has captured the world’s attention in recent weeks but for me the greatest sporting event is the Tour de France. Every year I worry about how to carry on with my life for the three weeks it takes the riders to ride the 2276 miles. I watch more TV in these three weeks than I do all year long.

This year, however, I am fresh from returning from the 10th Annual Telluride Summer Camp and therefore my safety and quality hats are still firmly planted on my head. Perhaps you know the feeling of running incoming data through a specific filter to see what comes of it. Actually, I am certain many of you do. Recently Roger took an unexpected emergency on his flight home from Telluride and turned it into a safety event complete with a debriefing, Richard found… Continue reading

Reflections From Arjun Gokale

During the seesaw game, our group came up with a great plan to pass the challenge. After watching the first group succeed clumsily, I became even more confident that we would be successful. Geoff was first up and he hopped on the seesaw at the wrong angle. Alanna stated multiple times that we should stop and have Geoff correct his position before I got on. Geoff didn’t move and eventually I jumped up on the seesaw. Immediately, the seesaw fell on my side and Stewie 1 sustained a minor injury. Figuring that the game was over, I hopped back off the seesaw and Stewie 2 received major trauma. I was extremely upset at myself and as we got ready to try again, my confidence was completely shaken. We pushed through the challenge successfully, this time adhering to the plan. As the game wrapped up, I was still focused on the… Continue reading

Telluride Reflections by Patient Advocate Melissa Clarkson: Part Two

I am now back in Seattle, home from the Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable & Summer Camp. I am very thankful I had the opportunity to participate. It was emotionally exhausting (I cried the first three of the four days), but I have a sense of hope. I met leaders in patient safety—some of whom I had seen in online videos, others I had not heard of. But the message from all of them was clear: There is no compromise in patient safety. No compromise in disclosure. No compromise in informed consent. Safety and transparency must underlie all of healthcare.And that is a very different perspective than my family has encountered in Kansas, at both the local hospital we are dealing with and at the state level. So today I feel hope knowing that my family is not alone, but I also feel overwhelmed knowing that those… Continue reading

By Melissa Clarkson, Patient Advocate

My mother and I are spending the next few days in Colorado participating in the Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable & Summer Camp This event brings together leaders in patient safety, medical residents, and a few family members of people who were victims of medical errors. It is a small group, about forty-some people. The purpose is to promote safety and disclosure in the healthcare system, with an emphasis on training the next generation of healthcare leaders.

I have three thoughts to share from yesterday.


My first thought is about the words we use to name things. I think that words reveal a great deal about people’s priorities, and words can strongly influence the mindset of those training in medical professions. So we need to think carefully about the power of words. There were two phrases used today that make me very uncomfortable…To read the rest of… Continue reading

Telluride Resident Summer Camp Class of 2014 Introductions

Dave_Leads_ClassMeet this year’s Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp class of resident physician alumni, poised to change the world of patient safety and patient care!

This year’s residents are working in: Rehab medicine, pediatrics, emergency and internal medicine, anesthesia, radiology and looking to gain acceptance to fellowships in pulmonary critical care, hem/onc, GI, hepatobiliary surgery, nephrology, interventional radiology, health administration, robotic surgery and pediatric anesthesia.

Members of this year’s group were born as far away as India, Taiwan and Germany, have attended medical school in Iowa, Missouri, California, Georgia, Texas, Utah, New York and Poland, and are doing their residencies across the country with a large contingent attending from the MedStar Health system in the Washington DC/Baltimore area, from New York and California hospitals and sponsored by the Committee of Interns and Residents in New York, and by COPIC in Colorado, representing a respectable cross section of the… Continue reading

Telluride 10th Anniversary Patient Safety Summer Camps Kick Off Monday, June 9th

Mountains in the background on Bear Creek hike

On Monday, June 9th the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camps will begin their 10th year, thanks in part to the generous and continued support of The Doctors Company Foundation (@doctorscompany), COPIC, CIR (@CIRSEIU) and MedStar Health (@MedStarHealth, @MedStarSafety). As the yearly preparations come to a close for faculty, including Summer Camp creator, Dave Mayer MD (@dmayer33), the trek and education are set to begin once again. This year, anticipated attendance will include 130 resident physicians, medical and nursing students and faculty from as far off as Australia.

It’s true that change in healthcare can sometimes feel like dog years passing, but it only takes a week at the patient safety summer camps in Telluride to remind us that educating the young is also ripe with rejuvenation for the older generation if open to the wisdom, passion and idealism of youth. As the social… Continue reading

Telluride East Final Reflections: Never Stop Improving

By KenRicklam

When I began medical school, my academic mentor advised me to be cognizant of when the more experienced would drop pearls of wisdom. Well during these past 4 days it’s been raining pearls. After trying to absorb so much knowledge, my brain feels like an overfilled suitcase with a weak zipper; it’s about to burst. And therein may actually lie a problem. To those with less clinical and formal patient safety experience, Telluride covers too much information in too little time. Many of the activities and discussions felt rushed. Here I present an open, honest critique of the Telluride program and make suggestions for improvement.

I will focus on 3 observations: 1) The negotiations, listening and human factors lectures were some of the best received, 2) Group exercises/games are highly beneficial and are worth the time expense, 3) People felt that there was not enough time for discussion.… 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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