It’s All About Conversation #TPSER8

The theme for Day Two in Telluride brought home the value of conversation and communication. Shared decision-making and the process of informed consent once again provided fuel for a robust conversation following Day Two’s viewing of the educational documentary film, From Tears to Transparency–The Story of Michael Skolnik. One student’s comment, “We can’t expect the patient’s family to know they need to be informed,” was a good reminder that keeping patients and families at the center of the solutions being generated in Telluride is again why we are all here.

A second student commented that after the group’s conversation, she now feels “unqualified to get an informed consent,” sharing that she always refers to the risks and benefits of a procedure, but has never discussed alternatives to the procedure. Like the family, unaware of what they need to be informed about, how will medical students know what the informed consent process encompasses unless they are taught? Over the course of these three weeks in Telluride, the need for greater education around informed consent and shared decision-making has been made very clear. Thanks to all for your contributions to this conversation! Continue it here on the blog–

Also, with us this week in Telluride is SolidLine Media, a team of creative filmmakers from Chicago responsible for the production of last year’s Telluride Roundtable video and the award-winning films, The Stories of Lewis Blackman and Michael Skolnik. The films never fail to generate conversation around the tough situations that arise as a result of a medical error. Greg Vass, Executive Producer at SolidLine, has a team of 7 this year to capture additional footage for future projects.  As always, the team wholeheartedly embraces our mission of improving healthcare, and SolidLine intern, Ryne Knudson, wrote an insightful post, Reflections from the Interns, on their blog around his impressions of filming our group.

And finally, the small and large group discussions along with team-building exercises throughout the week are the heart of the learning model in Telluride. This photo captures a small group deep in discussion on leadership topics taught by Ann Gunderson on Day Two.

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2 Responses to It’s All About Conversation #TPSER8

  1. tjoseph2 says:

    Maybe we had been leading up to this, but day 3 of Telluride has been the best day ever! After a great group bonding, inspiring hike we sat down together to develop plans for what we were going to implement when we returned home to our respective institutions. This was the first time we had divided our groups up by education level which made a big difference because we were able to discuss issues that we had all seen in the hospital over the past year. We regrouped to share our ideas with the large group and had one of the best brainstorming sessions I had ever been a part of. A group would present a plan, other students would add to the plan, while others would play devils advocate to challenge us to improve upon the plan. This last role was probably one of the most important. The excitement in the room was infective and everyone was raising their hands to put in their opinions as Wendy was pressed to write them all down as quickly as she could. We were supposed to have a break and end before 5pm but neither of those really happened because all we wanted to do was talk about the ideas we were coming up with. It was AWESOME!

    • jbsfsu says:

      I got the same feeling about yesterday. I think a lot of the synergy from yesterday has to do with the fact that over the past three days everybody has gotten to know each other. I think now we have a strong sense of people’s thought processes and are a lot more comfortable sharing ideas.
      One thing I thought of, especially when everybody was discussing the potential upcoming project, was that for programs like mine it provides a special challenge since I am physically separated from 5/6th of my class. That being said one of the things that we can all take back is the concept of force multipliers. We haven’t used this term yet, it’s something I learned while rotating at the public health department. It’s the idea that recruiting other people, maybe not even people in other leadership positions, can help strengthen and amplify your message. I think of it like a phone tree where you call two people, then those people call two people, and so on. Once I have some force multipliers at FSU I think the project will be able to be implemented much more successfully. In my case I know the force multipliers will be other students, but I wonder if in other models your multipliers would be more faculty and administration.

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