Our Blog: A Medical Humanist’s Notes

Would You Prefer A Medical Fix or Good Communicator?

September 11, 2019 at 10:25 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

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 […]

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Who is This Doctor at My Bedside?

August 19, 2019 at 3:09 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Newly Diagnosed

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 […]

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Prognosis: Talking in Code

June 26, 2019 at 10:29 am · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

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.

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I Want a Doctor Who Can Say…

May 19, 2019 at 2:08 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals, Patients

In my most recent blog What Do You Want From Your Doctor, I shared a response to this question by a patient who participated in the Writing is Good Medicine® program I facilitated at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center.

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What Do You Want Your Doctor to Know About You?

April 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

In previous blogs I described my role as a medical humanist at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center (2002-2005) where I documented the patient’s understanding of their diagnosis, prognosis, treatment plan and the impact of their illness on themselves and family.

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