Podcast #168 – Carolyn McCulley, “Breaking the Wall of Silence”

Breaking the Wall of Silence

My guest for episode #168 is Carolyn McCulley, from CityGate Films, and  she is a co-director and producer of the upcoming documentary called “Breaking the Wall of Silence.” Through March 31, you can sponsor this project through the Kickstarter website (with a minimum contribution of $15) and I hope you'll join me as a supporter of this important work.

As Carolyn discusses with me, the film does not just focus on the problems of patient safety and poor healthcare quality… it focuses on the positive steps that MedStar Health (a large system in the Washington DC area) is taking to transform its culture to reduce systemic patient harm. This focus is why she calls this a “hopeful film” as opposed to being alarmist.

Here is the trailer for the film:


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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. I still find it striking how frankly medical professionals are starting to take ownership of the industry they have dedicated their lives to.

    Those who are finally standing up, and taking back the “first do no harm” principle that has been removed from healthcare in the name of profits, I say BRAVO!
    God bless those medical professionals who are taking back their own morals.
    Danny Long and Shelly Skalicky


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