Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp: Week Two Begins! #TPSER8

Under gorgeous blue skies and immersed in the cool crisp summer air, the Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp: Week Two begins! With students from New York to California and everywhere in between, the Patient Safety Summer Camp opens for its 8th consecutive year. As with prior Summer Camps, the week will focus on the application and implementation of methods for engaging in open, honest, and effective communication with patients and families throughout the therapeutic relationship.

This week the students will enjoy learning alongside faculty who also hail from a multitude of near and far away places. From nearby Colorado communities all the way to Sydney, Australia, California, New York, and Illinois—all have traveled to Telluride to share their own experience and learn from the students as well. As always, the faculty also includes patient advocates – an essential component to all prior Telluride Patient Safety Roundtables.

Throughout the week, this diverse group will tackle some of the tough issues and barriers associated with providing honest communication to patients and families, such as dealing with disruptive behavior in the workplace. Through a series of large and small group discussions, role play, and “games” the group will become fully immersed in identifying solutions to the problems of ineffective or dysfunctional communication in the healthcare environment. As the week unfolds, it will become clear that all of the participants will leave with an entirely new and positive perspective on ways to improve patient safety and quality outcomes.

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2 Responses to Telluride Patient Safety Summer Camp: Week Two Begins! #TPSER8

  1. Liz Chou says:

    I feel so lucky to be in beautiful Telluride amongst such accomplished peers and knowledgeable mentors. Only one day has passed and I have learned so much through the various experiences and perspectives of the students and faculty. Brainstorming and discussing patient safety and quality care issues in such an immersive and open environment plants lots of seeds on how I can bring some of the activities and concepts back to my home school so that these topics and ideas eventually become common areas of reflection for medical students.

  2. Heidi Hausmann says:

    I wholeheartedly agree with Liz that it has been an amazing and humbling experience to be around such passionate and driven peers and mentors. My head was already spinning yesterday thinking of all the ideas and projects that I cannot wait to start when I get back to my school. I must say that before yesterday, my attitude towards these projects was often, “When I’m an attending physician I am going to do this…” or “Once I’m higher up in the chain I’ll be able to do that…” So yesterday’s talk about how to be a leader even as a medical student was perfect for me. It really helped me think about how to raise issues and be a leader even when we are at the bottom of the food chain. That was just one of the many topics that really hit home with me yesterday, and I cannot wait to see what we talk about today!

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