20 Years Later

January 13, 2020 by celia

It’s a new year but I find myself reflecting on times past. So much for the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind.”

What catapulted me back in time was a recent article in the Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) that highlighted the patient’s perspective of illness. (more…)


Vermont Center for Independent Living sponsors upcoming program

January 6, 2020 by celia

“How to Improve Communication with Doctors”

Wednesday, January 15, 12:00-1:30 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington – 108 School Street, Bennington, VT

Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) founders, Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman, will offer a SpeakSooner®  program to help patients and family caregivers prepare for conversations with healthcare providers. An attendee at a recent program said, “CCM offers the community a priceless gift. There is an overwhelming need and thirst for your expertise.”

We often find ourselves not understanding medical language and not knowing what questions to ask. The presenters will use the newly revised SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations  to help participants identify and communicate questions and concerns they may have about treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs.

SpeakSooner® programs help improve communication between patients, families and healthcare providers beginning sooner in the course of illness. Visit www.speaksooner.org to sign up for updates about these programs and read Celia’s blog “A Medical Humanist’s Notes.”

The event is free, registration is required to ensure enough materials and seating. Participation is open to people with disabilities, their caregivers and allies. Light refreshments provided.

These are chemical- and scent-free events. ASL interpreter will be provided when requested before 1/1/2020. For more information, to register and/or to request accommodations: Lynn Mazza, 601 Main St. Bennington, 802-442-1876, lmazza@vcil.org Charlie Murphy, 802-445-3015, cmurphy@vcil.org