Patient Safety Summer Camps for Health Science Students

By David Mayer, MD.

Originally posted on Educate the Young onNov. 27, 2012

Through the generous support of The Doctors Company Foundation and MedStar Health, we have scholarship funding to bring 40 medical student and 20 nursing student leaders this coming summer to engage with leaders, educators, and advocates in patient safety for the Ninth Annual Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtables and Student Summer Camps.

The Telluride Patient Safety Student Summer Camp is a one-week experience that provides students an in-depth understanding of current patient safety issues and risk reduction strategies for optimal patient care. These one-week summer camps will be offered twice this coming summer:

Sunday June 16th – Wednesday June 19th, 2013 (to be held in Telluride Colorado)

Thursday August 1st – Sunday August 4th, 2013 (to be held in Washington, DC)

Over the last eight years, interprofessional leaders from the AMA, ANA, Joint Commission, NBME, ACGME, Lucian Leape Institute, patient safety, informatics, simulation and health science education have been joined by patients, residents and students in beautiful Telluride, Colorado to address current patient safety educational issues. Because of the growing interest in patient safety education, this coming summer we will be holding a second student summer camp week in Washington, DC.

This year’s roundtables will once again bring critical stakeholders together in a highly interactive and productive format to addresses ethical, professional, legal and economic dilemmas regarding patient safety, transparency, disclosure and the growing need for open and honest communication skills when medical errors and adverse events occur. Following is a short video clip sharing the purpose of the Summer Camps, and alumni reflections on their experience in Telluride:

Telluride Roundtable Vision:

To create an annual retreat where experts in patient safety and health science education can come together with patients, residents and students in a relaxed and informal setting to discuss, develop and refine health science education that supports a culture of patient safety, transparency and optimal outcomes in patient care.

Students interested in applying for this opportunity should send the following information to Dr. David Mayer (david.b.mayer@medstar.net):

  1. Two-page maximum CV
  2. Personal statement highlighting their interest in patient safety, and why attending the Patient Safety Summer Camp would complement that interest
  3. One letter of support from a faculty/mentor highlighting leadership and patient safety engagement
  4. First and second choice preferences for the summer camp weeks (Telluride, CO and Washington, DC)
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