Hello! My name is Brittany Odom and I'm a second year pediatric resident at JHACH! I recently had the opportunity to visit Baltimore, MD and present a patient case via poster presentation at the Johns Hopkins Diagnostic Excellence Summit! The conference itself was centered around the idea of becoming better diagnosticians, clinicians, and providers as a whole, the ability to listen to our patients, think critically, let go of anchoring biases, and provide the best care possible in that moment. I got to hear from leaders in the field, such as Dr. Michael Kanter, Exec. Vice President and Chief Quality Officer of the Permanente Foundation talk about the new innovative ways surveillance and safety net programs are helping to prevent medical errors.
There were a few things I took away from this conference:
- Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets. If you want to change your results, you must critically analyze your system.
- Communication is key! This goes for all members of the medical team, from attending to residents to nursing.
- If you see something, say something. We talked about empowering our patients' families to be part of the medical team, especially in pediatrics. There are many instances where the patient's family can see clues to a downward spiral far before we do.
It was not only my first time to this particular conference, but my first time to Baltimore and I had an hour or two to explore the medical campus before heading back. The Johns Hopkins Hospital is so full of inspiring medical history and as I explored the Hopkins dome, walked the hallways that the term "rounds" originated, and learned about some of the legends that started this institution, I felt so honored to be a part of the Hopkins family. On my plane ride back to sunny Florida, I reflected on how inspired I was by visiting the main campus and how many trailblazing opportunities lay ahead at my own home institution, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital.