Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

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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Invisibility Is Not A Natural State

June 28, 2017 at 2:39 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

“We need to raise our voices a little more, even as they say to us, ‘This is so uncharacteristic of you.’ Invisibility is not a natural state for anyone.” MitsuyYamada After each of our SpeakSooner community education programs I would ask myself, “How did this program differ from the one before? And, what was the […]

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IS WRITING GOOD MEDICINE?

June 7, 2017 at 12:41 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals

I don’t know who it was that said poetry is defined as a language writing itself out of a difficult situation. What I know is illness is one of those situations. 

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