CCM to present at Vermont Center for Independent Living

June 21, 2017 by celia

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Vermont Center for Independent Living will host Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman for a program, “How To Improve Communication with Doctors”. The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, Vermont from 1-3pm. The program is free and open to the public.

SpeakSooner programs introduce the Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients and families identify and communicate questions and concerns about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs – beginning sooner in the course of illness.

An attendee at a recent program said, “CCM offers the community a priceless gift. There is an overwhelming need and thirst for your expertise.” Patients, families and healthcare providers are invited.


IS WRITING GOOD MEDICINE?

June 7, 2017 by celia

I don’t know who it was that said poetry is defined as a language writing itself out of a difficult situation. What I know is illness is one of those situations.  (more…)


CCM at Stanford Medicine

May 24, 2017 by celia

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm the Bennington, Vermont-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will partner with Stanford Medicine Palliative Care to present “Illness Does Not Just Impact One Person: We’re Stronger Together – Getting Patients, Families and Doctors on the Same Page” at the Stanford Health Library at Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA. Free and open to the public.

This will be Stanford Medicine Palliative Care’s first community education program with CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman. A panel of experts will discuss challenges of healthcare communication and how to become an active partner in decisions about care. There will be a question and answer session.     

The aim of CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative is to help patients and their caregivers prepare to initiate open and honest conversations with healthcare providers about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs. The program will introduce The Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients identify concerns and ask timely questions, prompting meaningful communication sooner in the course of illness.

Space is limited.  RSVPs are not required, but encouraged. Contact Tayler Kiss-Lane email: taylerkl@stanford.edu phone: 650-736-8671. To learn more click HERE .


ASKING FOR WHAT YOU NEED…   

May 17, 2017 by celia

When I was first diagnosed,” she said, “I didn’t feel I needed your help. I know how to get what I need—I’m a nurse, we speak the same language.” (more…)


WHAT IS A ‘GOOD PATIENT’?

April 26, 2017 by celia

  “Variability is the law of life…no two bodies are alike, no two individuals react and behave alike
under the conditions which we know as disease.” – William Osler, MD

In my previous blog I noted, “patients’ want to be good patients,” which prompted several people to ask, “What is a good patient?”  (more…)


Stories Are The Antibodies Against Illness

April 10, 2017 by celia

 

I often think about what the writer and patient Anatole Broyard said, “Stories are the antibodies against illness.”

It’s hard enough that a diagnosis comes along to threaten our lives—does it also have to threaten our life stories?   (more…)


CCM on WNYT

March 8, 2017 by celia

WNYT Channel 13’s news anchor and health reporter, Benita Zahn, recently visited Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) to talk with co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman and patient Kiki Smith. The interview covered a wide range of subjects including barriers to doctor-patient communication, use of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit and how SpeakSooner Community Programs have prepared patients and families to be more effective communicators.

To learn more about SpeakSooner’s Community Education Programs join us on March 24 at the Oldcastle Theater in Bennington, VT for an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary, “The Boys of 2nd Street Park”, featuring CCM’s Dr. Bernard Bandman as one of the ‘Boys’.


The Waiting Room Syndrome

February 22, 2017 by celia

 

“When I think of people in waiting rooms, including myself, I picture us rifling restlessly through battered magazines,” writes Rachel Hadas, Guest Editor of  “The Waiting Room Reader II:  Words to Keep You Company”.

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Exclusive Screening of Award Winning Documentary “Boys of 2nd Street Park”

February 8, 2017 by celia

The Center for Communication in Medicine will host an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary, “Boys of 2nd Street Park” on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7pm at Oldcastle Theater, 331 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) SpeakSooner Community Education Programs.

This Sundance Film Festival selection tells the story of love, loss and family of a group of friends growing up in the innocence of the 1950’s, confronting the cultural upheaval of the 1960’s and follows their lives as they make sense of their formative years. CCM co-founder Dr. Bernard Bandman is one of the ‘boys’ featured in the film. He and his wife CCM co-founder Celia Engel Bandman share the story about their first child’s illness – a loss that not only informed their lives but also was the genesis of their work with the Center for Communication in Medicine.

The San Francisco Examiner describes the documentary as ‘intimate, thoughtful and well-crafted … two sorts of viewers should attend: those who experienced the uneasy 60’s and those who did not” while Esquire notes the film is “a powerful reminder of the greatness found in ordinary lives.”

“The Boys of 2nd Street Park” trailer

The evening will include the screening of the film, discussion and reception. Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are available online HERE or by sending a check to CCM PO Box 197, Bennington, VT 05201. Please be sure to include your contact information. All proceeds to benefit CCM’s Community Education Programs.


Prescribe The Pen

January 25, 2017 by celia

To be a person is to have a story to tell.  —Isak Dinesen

It’s hard enough that a diagnosis comes along to threaten our lives—does it also have to threaten our life stories? (more…)