Valerie Dawson

Day 2: Today is your lucky day

It is hard to believe it is only my second full day here at Telluride because I feel like have learned at least a week’s worth of material. Perhaps it is because the topics that have been covered have kept my mind reeling and constantly thinking even after we conclude the formal discussion for the day. We started off the day with possibly one of my favorite lectures I have ever attended by Dr. Dave Mayer about transparency. This lecture was so effective for me because Dr. Mayer included some stories I do not think I will ever forget.

In one of his stories, he told us of an experience in which a wrong sided surgery occurred. The patient was draped and ready for a right-sided hernia repair, but as the resident began, he made a left-sided incision. When the attending came in, he expressed that he thought this was… Continue reading

Search and Rescue

Today was the first official day of 11th Telluride Patient Safety Camp and it far exceeded any expectations I might have had. From the moment I sat around the fire outside of our beautiful lodge nestled in the jaw dropping landscape that makes up Telluride, I was sold. The enthusiasm of everyone around me, the great conversations and the energy radiating off of this group of people all excited to be here learning from some of the best in patient safety as well as from each other tipped me off that this is going an unforgettable experience in my medical career.

After hopping on the gondola and experiencing one of the best morning commutes I could imagine, we settled in for a day filled with thoughtful discussion, heart wrenching stories and collaborative learning. Unlike many of my colleagues here, I have a very limited background in quality improvement and… 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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