The University of Illinois Chicago is nationally recognized for their longitudinal patient safety curricula. Timothy McDonald MD JD and David Mayer MD have generously provided their expertise and mentorship to Colorado since 2007. Drs Mayer and McDonald were instrumental in helping to shape the patient safety program by sharing lessons learned, thoughts, ideas, and leadership in the development of the Colorado program. UIC annually convenes experts in patient safety from around the country to create curricula and hosts the event in Telluride Colorado. The relationships, curricula and open honest conversations of the Telluride Roundtable have been instrumental in the success of the Patient Safety Education Program for Residents.



Timothy McDonald, MD JD

TimothyMcDonaldTimothy McDonald, MD JD, is a physician-attorney who has been involved in patient safety efforts at the University of Illinois Medical Center for the past decade. Until his recent promotion to Chief Safety and Risk Officer for the entire University of Illinois at Chicago, he served as the Program Director for the Pediatric Anesthesiology Residency Program. His focus has been on the principled approach to patient harm with an emphasis on the robust reporting of patient safety events, near misses and unsafe conditions. He has helped pioneer the medical center’s resident physician reporting process as a means of engaging resident physicians from all specialties in safety and quality education. The principled approach to patient harm also includes a commitment to communicate within the health care team and with patients and families throughout the therapeutic relationship. It also involves a promise to investigate and create systems improvement following harm or near miss events. His federally funded research has focused on all of these domains, including the establishment of teaching methodologies for all levels and professions in health care. 



David Mayer, MD

Dave MayerDr. Mayer is Associate Medical Director for Quality and Safety GME, Co-Executive Director of the Institute for Patient Safety Excellence (IPSE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine and Curriculum Director for the Masters in Patient Safety Leadership (MPSL) program. He is an invited consultant to the New South Wales' National Commission Task Force addressing safety, quality and educational issues in Acute Healthcare and an invited member of the Lucian Leape Institute patient safety educational roundtable. He is also the Co-producer of the patient safety educational film series titled "The Faces of Medical Error...From Tears to Transparency". The first film in the series "The Story of Lewis Blackman" has won a number of awards including the prestigious "Aegis Film Society Top Short Documentary Award for 2009" and the "2010 Silver Telly Award" for highest level film production. Dr. Mayer was awarded the 2007 University of Illinois American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)/Pfizer Humanism in Medicine Award for his commitment to teaching, service, patient advocacy and patient care. He also was awarded the 2010 Sprague Patient Safety Award by the Institute of Medicine in Chicago (IOMC). In 2005, Dr. Mayer founded the Telluride, Colorado Invitational Roundtable on Designing Patient Safety and Quality Outcomes Heath Science Curricula. This annual multidisciplinary roundtable brings together patient safety leaders from the AMA, ANA, Joint Commission, NBME, ACGME, ABIM, Lucian Leape Institute, ISMP, informatics, simulation and health science education together with patients, residents, and students.


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