Gordian Knot

The other day a dear friend Rachel Hadas emailed to tell me that she “loves the intuitive wisdom, in cutting through Gordian Knots, that I demonstrate in my blogs.” I liked the sound of what she was saying but wanted to be sure that I understood the meaning of her words. So, as I often do, I looked up the definition of Gordian Knot. You see, Rachel is a renowned poet and professor of English Literature at Rutgers University and her metaphors are chosen with care.

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Coping With COVID-19 – A free online webinar

On May 11 at 6pm The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a free online webinar, “Coping With COVID-19: The Lived Experience of Patients, Loved Ones and Healthcare Providers.” CCM is committed to presenting SpeakSooner community education programs through our online platform.   The panel includes COVID-19 patient Jim Raposa, his wife Claudia, […]

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Willingness to Do the Best We Can

I was recently re-reading an email exchange with Dr. Skip Durning, who at the time was director of Hospitalist services at North Adams Regional Hospital. He wrote to me following a presentation to hospital staff that included our video “Voices from the Lived World of Illness.” After the viewing, the discussion with attendees highlighted the challenges of healthcare communication, especially when someone is seriously ill.

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CCM to offer free online webinar

On May 11 at 6pm The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a free online webinar, “Coping With COVID-19: The Lived Experience of Patients, Loved Ones and Healthcare Providers.” CCM is committed to presenting SpeakSooner community education programs through our online platform.   The panel includes COVID-19 patient Jim Raposa, his wife Claudia, […]

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What’s History Got to Do with It?

It’s common practice for doctors to document a family history of medical problems. This can be useful information to diagnose presenting symptoms and to identify health issues to which we could be genetically predisposed. So, with this theme in mind, I’m sharing an excerpt from a short story titled “Michagas,” which I wrote many years ago. For those who are unfamiliar with the meaning of the word, it describes a certain ‘craziness’ that is indigenous to Jews.

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The Right Slant

You never know what you find when digging through old files. In one of many piles was a copy of a lecture presented at Brown Medical School in 1998 titled “Medical Humanism in Practice.” The authors were cancer patient, Pat Barr; psychologist, Dr. Bernard Bandman; oncologist Dr. Letha Mills; and me, at the time serving as a patient advocate at the cancer center in Bennington.

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The Center for Communication in Medicine Offers Online Programs

The Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) SpeakSooner Community Education Programs are going strong this spring with trainings scheduled for staff members at Battenkill Valley Health Center in Arlington, VT and Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY. SpeakSooner’s online trainings offer healthcare professionals an opportunity to learn about the use of CCM’s signature tool, SpeakSooner®: […]

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CCM founders to present at Rutgers University

On March 22, CCM founders Celia Engel Bandman and Bernard Bandman, PhD will offer a seminar at Rutgers University on the use of SpeakSooner®: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations to prompt patients to document their questions and concerns in preparing to open channels of communication with healthcare providers. They will emphasize the patient’s voice. The seminar will be […]

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