The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) announces the launch of their updated website https://www.speaksooner.org/ and a new edition of their signature support tool, SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations. In response to patient and focus group feedback, CCM’s classic Difficult Conversations Toolkit has been revised to be direct, accessible and user friendly. The […]
“In times of crisis we summon our strength…
call on every resource…every forgotten image…
every memory that can make us know our power.”
– Muriel Rukeyser
How does one live with uncertainty when facing a life-threatening illness? Where does one find inner strength? Where does one look for supportive resources? Most patients will tell you that they frequently ask themselves these questions.
Due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19 and potential exposure here in Bennington County, the Center for Communication in Medicine has cancelled SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations Facilitator Training Workshop scheduled for April 4, 2020. We will reschedule at a later date and keep you informed.
“When I completed medical school and residency in the Northeast, I rarely thought about the intersection of religion and medicine. But when I moved to the South for a combined fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology and hospice and palliative medicine, I found myself enrolled in a crash course at the bedside,”
POSTPONED! SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations Facilitator Training Workshop Saturday, April 4, 2020 10 am – 4 pm Bennington Free Library 101 Silver St, Bennington, VT 05201 Join us for the 2nd annual facilitator training workshop in the use of the Center for Communication in Medicine’s signature support tool, SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s […]
We expect doctors to provide state of the art care and help us get better from whatever ails us. By nature, patients are self-centered and believe that doctors should only be concerned about our problems.
In my previous blog “Waiting for Test Results” I shared a conversation from the early 2000’s that I had with a receptionist at the cancer center about responding to inquiries for test results.
Those familiar with my work as a medical humanist would not be surprised to hear that I’m still having conversations with patients about the challenges of navigating the healthcare system.
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.
“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 […]