Announcing the inaugural SpeakSooner Facilitator Training Program

May 15, 2019 by celia

This June we are offering the first of two hands-on weekend trainings.  The program will be co-lead by Dr. Lidia Schapira, Stanford Medicine oncologist and communications skills expert, Andy Robinson, nationally recognized trainer, and CCM co-founders Bernard and Celia Bandman.

We will offer instruction on introducing and using our paradigm changing Difficult Conversations Toolkit; strategies for addressing resistance in using this material; and approaches for building relationships with healthcare and community organizations.
From 4pm on Thursday, June 13 to 3pm on Saturday, June 15 our cohort will gather in beautiful southern Vermont. Meals and housing are included.
Contact Us for further description and application.
Click here to request information on how to share this information with your colleagues or healthcare institution.

When The Doctor Becomes A Patient

March 20, 2019 by celia

The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present a SpeakSooner community education program “When the Doctor Becomes a Patient” on Saturday, April 13, 2019, 6pm at the Hoosick Falls Central School in Hoosick Falls, NY. The program includes an Exclusive Screening of The Doctor followed by a panel discussion with local healthcare providers Dr. Marcus Martinez, Dr. James Carroll, Dr. Matthew Pender and nurse, Patty Ryan, who will share their personal experiences as patients. A Q&A and dessert will follow.

The film tells the story of a doctor who discovers the challenges of life from the other side of the stethoscope after being diagnosed with cancer. William Hurt stars as a doctor who thought he knew it all until he became a patient and finds himself frustrated in navigating the healthcare system. The film received wide acclaim and a prized “Two Thumbs Up” by critics Siskel & Ebert.  

CCM’s 2018 film series was highly successful with one attendee raving, “We can’t wait for the next film and discussion.” This SpeakSooner event is another of CCM’s community education efforts in support of our mission: “to prepare patients facing serious illness and their loved ones for meaningful conversations with healthcare providers, leading to improved communication and a plan of care that honors a person’s values, priorities, and goals.”

Admission to the film, discussion and dessert reception is free. Limited seating.

TO RESERVE TICKETS go to http://speaksoonerhoosickfalls.rsvpify.com or call CCM 802 442-5800


SpeakSooner Fall Community Education Film is “Patch Adams”

September 21, 2018 by celia

On Saturday October 20, 6pm at Oldcastle Theatre there will be a screening of “Patch Adams”, starring the inimitable Robin Williams as a medical student clashing with the school’s administration over his efforts to humanize the doctor-patient relationship. The film “showcases [Williams’s] great gift for improvisational comedy and his ability to make heartfelt connection,” states Tom Keogh, Film.com. Watch the trailer here.

After the film a panel of local doctors will discuss the challenges of incorporating humanism in medical training and practice, followed by a Q&A session and dessert reception. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Oldcastle Theatre at (802) 447-0564 or by clicking here.

The SpeakSooner film series is offered by the Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) to educate the public about how to improve healthcare communication and quality of care. To learn more about CCM programs and communication tools visit speaksooner.org.


SpeakSooner Community Forum at Equinox Village, Manchester, VT

July 25, 2018 by celia

On Thursday, August 30 from 5– 6:30pm the Bennington, VT-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a SpeakSooner community education forum, Re-defining Quality of Life: Living Fully With Illness, Disability and Aging. Equinox Village in Manchester, VT is hosting the event. The program is free and open to the public.

The forum will explore the complicated issues surrounding quality of life concerns when facing the effects of illness, disabilities and aging. Panelists for the program include: palliative care physician Dr. Allen Hutcheson, Bayada nurse Sarah Sigsbury, Equinox Village residents Gerald and Pat Carr, and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. CCM founder Dr. Bernard Bandman will moderate the program.

Healthcare decisions and quality of life considerations are making an impact across all sectors of society. Over the past eighteen years CCM has developed hands-on tools and educational programs that help promote open and honest communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare professionals, resulting in better informed decisions about care, greater patient satisfaction and reduced healthcare costs.

Space is limited. To reserve a place please contact Kylee Ryan at 802-362-4061 or kryan@equinoxvillage.com.

Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple Street, Manchester Center, VT 05255.


Bandman keynote speaker at spring meeting of the American College of Surgeons -Vermont Chapter

June 25, 2018 by celia

On Thursday June 14, 2018, The Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) Executive Director, Dr. Bernard Bandman, was the keynote speaker at the spring meeting of the American College of Surgeons -Vermont Chapter in Quechee, VT.

Dr. Bandman’s presentation, Difficult Conversations with Patients and Families Facing Serious Illness, prompted rich discussion about the challenges surgeons face when delivering bad news. As Dr. Bandman notes, “Doctors have a hard job. Diagnostic information about results of surgery or biopsy can be hard for patients and families to hear as well as doctors to say. And, when discussing a plan of care, patients and loved ones may have difficulty recalling what the doctor said because bad news can be emotionally overwhelming.” Dr. Bandman offered strategies for effective communication about hard-to-talk about subjects. Included in the presentation was an introduction to the Difficult Conversations Toolkit® which is the cornerstone of CCM’s SpeakSooner programs to help prepare patients to actively engage in openly discussing risks and benefits of treatment options and quality of life considerations sooner in the course of illness. Dr. Bandman cited studies that showed improved doctor-patient communication results in greater patient satisfaction and reduced health care costs.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Dr. Simon P. Drew, President of American College of Surgeons-Vermont chapter, invited Dr. Bandman to be the keynote speaker where over 30 surgeons attended.

 

Dr. Bernard M. Bandman speaking at the American College of Surgeons spring meeting.


SpeakSooner Program hosted by Bennington Project Independence

May 30, 2018 by celia

On Thursday June 21, 5:30-7pm the Bennington, VT-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will offer a SpeakSooner community forum titled, Re-defining Quality of Life: Living Fully With Illness, Disability and Aging. Bennington Project Independence (BPI) is hosting the event.

A panel will explore the complicated issues surrounding quality of life concerns when facing the effects of illness, disabilities and aging. The panel includes: primary care physician Allison Niemi, MD; Bayada visiting nurse Sarah Sigsbury; patient Lindy Lynch; BPI participant Leah Frank; caregiver Dwain Wilwol; BPI social worker Melissa Stemp and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. CCM founder Bernard Bandman, PhD will moderate the program.

The Center for Communication in Medicine offers community education programs to help improve communication between patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers. BPI provides adult day care services for those facing the challenges of aging and/or disabilities.

The program is free and open to the public. BPI is located at 614 Harwood Hill Road in Bennington. Space is limited. To register call: 802 442-8136


CCM’s Dr. Bernard Bandman to present at American College of Surgeons Spring Conference

by celia

On June 14, Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) Dr. Bernard Bandman will present the keynote address at the American College of Surgeons (Vermont Chapter) Spring Conference in Quechee, VT. His topic will be Difficult Conversations with Patients and Families Facing Serious Illness.

As Dr. Bandman notes, “Surgeons often find themselves having difficult conversations about results of biopsies or surgeries. What often complicates communication with patients and families is that surgeons may not be in a position to answer questions regarding treatment plan or prognosis.” Dr. Bandman will address the challenges surgeons face in honestly communicating medical findings while trying to ease distress about uncertainty and worry. The presentation will highlight the use of CCM’s Difficult Conversations Toolkit in addressing these challenges using real life patients’ experiences in hearing ‘bad news’.


Exclusive Screening: “The Doctor”

February 28, 2018 by celia

 

The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will present an Exclusive Screening of “The Doctor” on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at Oldcastle Theatre in Bennington, Vermont.

The film tells the story of a doctor who becomes a patient and discovers the challenges of life from the other side of the stethoscope. Following the screening a Q&A will feature local healthcare providers Dr. Marcus Martinez, Dr. Carol Salazar and Nurse Kiki Smith, who will share their personal experiences as patients.

The film stars William Hurt as a doctor who thought he knew it all until he became a patient and finds himself frustrated in navigating the healthcare system. The film received wide acclaim and a prized “Two Thumbs Up” by critics Siskel & Ebert.  

CCM’s 2017 film series was sold-out with attendees proclaiming, “We can’t wait for the next film and discussion.” This SpeakSooner event is another of CCM’s community outreach efforts in support of its mission: “to prepare patients facing serious illness and their loved ones for meaningful conversations with healthcare providers, leading to a plan of care that honors a person’s values, priorities, and goals.”

The screening of “The Doctor” and a compelling Q & A session featuring local doctors and nurse will be on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street Bennington, VT at 6 PM.

Tickets are $25.00 and include the film, discussion and a dessert reception. Limited seating.

TO RESERVE TICKETS: click here or call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564


SpeakSooner at the Vermont Center for Independent Living

February 7, 2018 by celia

 

On February 14, from 1:00-3:00 PM, Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman will offer a SpeakSooner program “How to Improve Communication with Doctors”.

This program will help patients and family caregivers prepare for conversations with healthcare providers. We often find ourselves not understanding medical language and not knowing what questions to ask. The presenters will use the Difficult Conversations Toolkit to help participants identify questions and concerns they may have about treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs, from both a patient and caregiver perspective.

SpeakSooner programs help improve communication between patients, families and healthcare providers beginning sooner in the course of illness.

The Vermont Center for Independent Living will be hosting the program at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, VT. For more information, to request accommodation, or to register, please contact Lynn Mazza at 802-442-1876 or lmazza@vcil.org .


Exclusive Screening of “DAD” – A Tribute to Gary David Goldberg

September 27, 2017 by celia

The Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will host a special screening of “DAD”, Gary David Goldberg’s critically acclaimed film, on Saturday, November 4 at 7 PM at Oldcastle Theatre, 331 Main Street, in Bennington, Vermont.

The 1989 film stars Jack Lemmon, Ted Danson, Olympia Dukakis and Ethan Hawke. Watch the trailer for this heartwarming film here.

Goldberg wrote and directed this story of a family facing the realities of aging parents with sensitivity and humor. He was also an active proponent of the CCM’s programs to improve communication between patients, loved ones and their healthcare providers.

Gary served on the Center for Communication in Medicine’s Board for many years and passed away in 2013. The event will be a tribute to his kind and generous spirit. There will be a Q & A following the screening.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $25.00 and include a dessert reception. This is the second in CCM’s film series and the last event was sold out so reserve your tickets now. All proceeds will benefit SpeakSoonerTM Community Education Programs .

To reserve tickets click here visit our website or call Oldcastle Theatre at 802-447-0564.