Inspired by what I learned in Telluride, I joined the fledgling House Staff Quality Council. Founded in late 2013 as requirement from ACGME and CLER, the HSQC has become an organization that reports to the medical board and collects information from the patient care hotline. As a core leadership member, I decided to write a mission statement full of quality care gold nuggets. Anyone care to help me revise?
The HSQC aims to encourage a hospital culture of blameless error reporting and safety risk mitigation through resident-driven quality improvement and patient safety projects, and to allocate a $50,000 annual budget funded by NY Methodist Hospital through a collective bargaining agreement with CIR-SEIU. The council further serves as an interdepartmental collaborative effort among all house staff at NY Methodist Hospital.
The council will review error reports via the patient-safety hotline (x5988), identify threats to… Continue reading
First posted on Educate the Young, June 3rd, 2013
June has always been a very exciting month for me. For the last eight years, Tim McDonald and I have journeyed west to Telluride, CO, a beautiful mountain town known by many for its skiing than summer activities. For those outside CO, Telluride may be one of the best kept secrets around. We often choose to take the scenic six hour journey from the Denver airport to Telluride each June, making our way up the mountain to run our annual Telluride Patient Safety Roundtable and Summer Camps, and to be reminded of the power of the peaceful surroundings we will be teaching in for the next 2-3 weeks. Over the years, people have asked me “Why Telluride?” My response has always been the same – “Why not?” Be it the “old west feel” of the town, or the magic… Continue reading