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…)
“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, firstname.lastname@example.org Charlie Murphy, 802-445-3015, email@example.com
Adrienne Barnes, a nurse diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, was featured in “Voices From The Lived World of Illness,” a video produced by the Center for Communication in Medicine. During the interview she shared her frustrations when her doctor tells her “there’s really nothing I can do for you.” (more…)
The Center for Communication in Medicine, which I am a founder, decided that our next SpeakSooner Community Education Program on October 26 in Bennington would focus on the theme of transforming a medical crisis into an opportunity to find meaning and joy in one’s life. Planning this event brought to mind a woman whom I had known from time passed.
The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM)’s SpeakSooner® Community Education Film Series continues on Saturday October 26, 6pm at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201, with an exclusive screening of The Bucket List, starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.
The SpeakSooner® film series has been hugely successful in helping to foster open and honest communication at a time when it is most needed – even with humor! The upcoming film does just this as two men who meet as patients facing serious illness find ways of transforming medical crisis into an opportunity to find meaning in their lives.
After the film there will be a panel discussion with cardiologist, Dr. Scott Rogge, nurse practitioner, Alison Malmborg, and patient, Jeff Babson discussing quality of life challenges that arise at these pivotal moments.
Tickets are $25 and include a dessert reception. Tickets can be purchased by calling Oldcastle Theatre at (802) 447-0564 or reserve online here.
The SpeakSooner® film series is offered by the Center for Communication in Medicine to educate the public about how to improve communication between patients, families and healthcare providers. To learn more about CCM programs and communication tools visit speaksooner.org.
I recently stumbled upon an old email from a nurse with whom I worked with many years ago at the cancer center in Bennington, VT. At the time she had asked me: “Do patients, really want their doctors/nurses to be human? Or do they want them to do what they were trained to do and fix the problem? (more…)
Recently, a friend went to the emergency room with complaints of severe GI pain and was admitted to the hospital. Naturally, she was worried about the cause of her symptoms, which she had been experiencing on and off for 6 months. Under the care of her family doctor she tried several medications but none seemed to alleviate her pain entirely. Now, the doctor who she had known for many years and trusted was no longer involved in her care. Instead, a hospitalist appeared at her bedside and would be in charge of the case. (more…)
SpeakSooner® Community Forum: Re-defining Quality of Life: Living Fully With Illness, Disability and AgingJuly 24, 2019 by celia
On Saturday, September 7 from 6– 8 pm the Bennington, VT-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a SpeakSooner® community education forum, Re-defining Quality of Life: Living Fully With Illness, Disability and Aging at the MACK Performing Arts Center at Arlington Memorial High School in Arlington, VT. The program is free and open to the public.
The forum will explore the complicated issues surrounding quality of life concerns when facing the effects of illness, disabilities and aging. Panelists for the program include: patient Jim Baker, caregiver Kim Baker, family practice physician Dr. Michael Welther and Rev. Kathleen Clark. CCM founder Dr. Bernard Bandman will moderate the program.
Healthcare decisions and quality of life considerations are making an impact across all sectors of society. For the past 20 years, CCM has developed hands-on tools and educational programs that help to promote open and honest communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals, resulting in better informed decisions about care, greater patient satisfaction and reduced healthcare costs.
You can watch a short interview with Col. Baker and Dr. Bandman here.
To reserve a place please call CCM at 802-442-5800 or reserve online here. Arlington Memorial High School’s MACK Performing Arts Center is located at 529 E Arlington Rd, Arlington, VT 05250.
To learn more about CCM’s SpeakSooner® programs and communication tools visit speaksooner.org
Panelists Col. James W. Baker (Ret) – former Director of Vermont State Police,
and his wife, Kim, a retired registered nurse.
Prognosis is not a term familiar to most people unless used by a doctor to explain the expected course of a medical condition. Even then, the word or its implications may not be understood. (more…)
“How to Improve Communication with Doctors”
On Wednesday, July 10, Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) founders, Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman, will be presenting a program, “How to Improve Communication with Doctors”, sponsored by the Vermont Center for Independent Living (VCIL). The event is free and open to the public.
Here in Vermont and across the nation the need for open and honest doctor-patient communication has never been more urgent. Most of us prefer not to think or talk about serious illness. Yet, we or someone we love will be a patient someday and find ourselves unprepared to communicate with doctors. In today’s healthcare climate, doctors and nurses are facing increased demands and pressures, which often means less time at office visits. And, when conversations about treatment options and preferences for care are postponed or avoided, the resulting silence can have consequences that include unnecessary physical and emotional suffering and regrets about decisions.
The presenters will 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.
SpeakSooner programs help improve communication between patients, families and 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.” Visit SpeakSooner.org to access the Difficult Conversations Toolkit, read Celia’s blog “A Medical Humanist’s Notes” and sign up for CCM news updates.
Registration is required to ensure enough materials and seating. This is a scent and chemical free event. If you would like an ASL interpreter, please let the organizers know by July 5.
The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street, in Bennington, VT from 1 – 2:30 pm.
To register, for more information, or to request accommodations, contact Lynn Mazza, Vermont Center for Independent Living, 802-442-1876, firstname.lastname@example.org or Charlie Murphy, 802-445-3015, cmurphy@VCIL.org