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CCM presents Medical Grand Rounds at Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY

On November 16, the Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) Dr. Bernard Bandman and Dr. Michael Welther presented Grand Rounds on “Improving Healthcare Communication: The SpeakSooner Model in Medical Practice.” to medical staff at Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY. Drs Bandman and Welther described how SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations, a tool […]

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SpeakSooner Collaboration with Adirondack Health at Saranac Lake Oncology Team

In 2021, the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) began a collaboration with the Oncology Department at Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, NY to launch a pilot project to improve healthcare communication between patients and cancer clinicians.   In the pilot program, patients are introduced to SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations (Guide) to […]

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Recording now available

  A recording of the Center for Communication in Medicine’s latest SpeakSooner community education program, “Empathy As A Bridge To Improve Healthcare Communication: A Two-Way Street”, is ready to view at SpeakSooner.org.  As one attendee remarked, “This was your best program ever!”   Our panel of experts – Brian Cunningham, MD (ret.); Carol Comar Frost, […]

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Dr. Bandman receives VPA award

                    Center for Communication in Medicine co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Bernard Bandman, received the 2022 Vermont Psychological Association award for his contributions to the field of psychology, with special recognition for establishing the psychological services program at Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center and developing SpeakSooner […]

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New SpeakSooner Community Education Program

On Tuesday, May 24, at 6pm the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present a hybrid community education program, “Comfort or Conflict in End-of-Life Care: A Discussion About What’s Missing with Advance Directives”, live at the Bennington Performing Arts Center and streamed through our website. The evening will include a documentary film, PROGNOSIS – notes on […]

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CCM presents at Adirondack Health Nurses Grand Rounds

On Monday, October 4, the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present “Guiding Patients Facing Serious Illness Make Informed Healthcare Decisions” at Adirondack Health (Saranac Lake, NY) Nurses Grand Rounds. The program will address barriers and solutions to effective communication about treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs. CCM Executive Director […]

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The Center for Communication in Medicine presents workshop to the Vermont Psychological Association

On Friday, June 4, the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) presented a workshop to the Vermont Psychological Association. The program, “Helping Patients Communicate with Healthcare Providers” introduced psychologists to CCM’s signature tool, SpeakSooner: A Patient’s Guide to Difficult Conversations.  CCM Executive Director, Bernard Bandman, PhD and Battenkill Valley Health Care physician, Dr. Michael Welther […]

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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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