Meet 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 ~6,000 hospitals across the US as well.
We have residents who have been, or are: lawyers, MBA graduates, EMTs, pharmacists, foreign language translators, bellboys, Americor alum, chemical/mechanical engineers, pilots, medical assistants, entrepreneurs, an expert in Chinese figure skating (yes, you read that right) and woodworking. We have young moms and dads, St. Louis Cardinal fans (not everyone is perfect–from a lifelong Cub fan and author), a founder of a southeast asian fraternity, snowboarders, iron men, marathoners, road bikers, soccer and hockey players.
We have attendees who are already well into quality improvement projects and improving care for patients through: a paging system targeted to improve radiology reads and overall radiology safety and quality; a podcast show called Radio Rounds where residents across the country share their thoughts on various aspects of care; a resident looking to incorporate technology into medical innovations that improve safety and quality; spending a research year at the CDC in public health; or improving QI through resident education–sending the message that residents can really be involved at the front lines; and research projects streamlining discharge and readmissions processes.
This being my fourth year at the Resident Summer Camp, I have always been impressed by the resumes that our Telluride scholars carry with them. With all their accomplishments and early success, they are some of the most humble, caring and big-hearted individuals I’ve met in my professional career. It truly has been an honor to be part of the camps–and to meet the folks who will make healthcare safer for all of us.