Checklists have been instituted in many sectors to help streamline processes. They are there to make things easier and bring peace of mind by eliminating forgotten aspects of a procedures. Surgery is no different. The surgical checklist is vital to the delivery of safe surgery around the world, however, checklist implementation involves changing minds, operating room culture, and the dreaded word – paperwork. However, “leadership is more important than resources. If you change your mind you can change every environment. The difference is inside of the head of the people.” Surgical checklists save lives. One doesn’t want to be having an emergency in the midst of an emergency due to lack of planning or a skipped step. Everything needs to be ready exactly as is needed at its time of utilization. Join us in this incredible episode as we talk with Dr. Adriana Serna about initiatives to institute surgical checklists in Colombia and other Latin American countries and how to empower members of the surgical team to speak up and participate in making this life saving practice a routinely used item!