Exclusive Screening: “The Doctor”

February 28, 2018 by celia


The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present an Exclusive Screening of “The Doctor” on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, Vermont.

The film tells the story of a doctor who becomes a patient and discovers the challenges of life from the other side of the stethoscope. Following the screening a Q&A will feature local healthcare providers Dr. Marcus Martinez, Dr. Carol Salazar and Nurse Kiki Smith, who will share their personal experiences as patients.

The film stars William Hurt as a doctor who thought he knew it all until he became a patient and finds himself frustrated in navigating the healthcare system. The film received wide acclaim and a prized “Two Thumbs Up” by critics Siskel & Ebert.  

CCM’s 2017 film series was sold-out with attendees proclaiming, “We can’t wait for the next film and discussion.” This SpeakSooner event is another of CCM’s community outreach efforts in support of its mission: “to prepare patients facing serious illness and their loved ones for meaningful conversations with healthcare providers, leading to a plan of care that honors a person’s values, priorities, and goals.”

The screening of “The Doctor” and a compelling Q & A session featuring local doctors and nurse will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street Bennington, VT at 6 PM.

Tickets are $25.00 and include the film, discussion and a dessert reception. Limited seating.

TO RESERVE TICKETS: click here or call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564

SpeakSooner at the Vermont Center for Independent Living

February 7, 2018 by celia


On February 14, from 1:00-3:00 PM, Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman will offer a SpeakSooner program “How to Improve Communication with Doctors”.

This program will help patients and family caregivers prepare for conversations with healthcare providers. We often find ourselves not understanding medical language and not knowing what questions to ask. The presenters will use the Difficult Conversations Toolkit to help participants identify questions and concerns they may have about treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs, from both a patient and caregiver perspective.

SpeakSooner programs help improve communication between patients, families and healthcare providers beginning sooner in the course of illness.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living will be hosting the program at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, VT. For more information, to request accommodation, or to register, please contact Lynn Mazza at 802-442-1876 or lmazza@vcil.org .