In 2004 Dave Mayer, Tim McDonald, Rosemary Gibson, Anne Gunderson and a small number of other thought leaders in patient safety began discussions in the hope that they could redesign medical education in such a way that students, residents and faculty would gain a greater understanding of patient safety throughout their training. Out of those discussions came the first Telluride Patient Safety Educational Roundtable in 2005. In 2010, the Telluride Patient Safety Student and Resident Summer Camps were born, a logical evolution of the Telluride Roundtables over the years. In 2013 and 2015 demand for this unique offering of patient safety education continued to grow, and additional weeks were added in Washington, DC and Napa Valley for both health science students and resident physicians.
I recently attended my third patient safety camp, which is now called the Academy for Emerging Leaders in Patient Safety: The Telluride Experience. The camp included medical students, residents and nurses with a special interest in patient safety. I heard many informative speakers, including Grace Tran from the MedStar Institute for Innovation who spoke about the importance of human factors engineering in designing work environments that promote patient safety