Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

The Way We Were

January 22, 2018 at 4:24 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

One of the things I’ve heard many patients speak about is how their diagnosis resulted in what felt like an identity crisis—it seemed to change “who they were” nearly instantly, and in a very fundamental way.

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PRESCRIBING E-MAIL

December 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed

As the year 2017 is coming to a close and a new year is approaching I find myself thinking about what has passed and what’s to come.

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Dual Perspective

October 11, 2017 at 1:50 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  Each month I receive an online newsletter from “Cancer.Net”.  The newsletter provides approved information to help patients and families make informed healthcare decisions. A recent issue titled “What is Tumor Board?” catapulted me back in time.

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RECORDING VISITS REVISITED

August 28, 2017 at 3:23 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed, Patient Advocacy, Patients

  A colleague recently forwarded a New York Times article, “The Appointment Ends. Now The Patient is Listening.” The author Paula Span notes new efforts to help patients understand their health status by recording appointments. 

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A ROLE REVERSAL: DOCTOR BECOMES A PATIENT

July 26, 2017 at 1:51 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

  The title of one of my previous blogs in and of itself posed an important question: “What Is A Good Patient?” How one defines a “good patient” varies, as does their reason for wanting to be one. During my tenure as a Medical Humanist at Southwestern Vermont’s Regional Cancer Center I witnessed the difficult […]

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