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’.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 .
On Wednesday, July 12, 2017 the Vermont Center for Independent Living will host Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman for a program, “How To Improve Communication with Doctors”. The program will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 108 School Street in Bennington, Vermont from 1-3pm. The program is free and open to the public.
SpeakSooner programs introduce the Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients and families identify and communicate questions and concerns about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality of life considerations and supportive care needs – beginning sooner in the course of illness.
An attendee at a recent program said, “CCM offers the community a priceless gift. There is an overwhelming need and thirst for your expertise.” Patients, families and healthcare providers are invited.
On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm the Bennington, Vermont-based Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) will partner with Stanford Medicine Palliative Care to present “Illness Does Not Just Impact One Person: We’re Stronger Together – Getting Patients, Families and Doctors on the Same Page” at the Stanford Health Library at Hoover Pavilion, 211 Quarry Road, Palo Alto, CA. Free and open to the public.
This will be Stanford Medicine Palliative Care’s first community education program with CCM founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman. A panel of experts will discuss challenges of healthcare communication and how to become an active partner in decisions about care. There will be a question and answer session.
The aim of CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative is to help patients and their caregivers prepare to initiate open and honest conversations with healthcare providers about risks and benefits of treatment options, quality-of-life considerations and supportive care needs. The program will introduce The Difficult Conversations Toolkit, a guide developed by CCM to help patients identify concerns and ask timely questions, prompting meaningful communication sooner in the course of illness.
WNYT Channel 13’s news anchor and health reporter, Benita Zahn, recently visited Center for Communication in Medicine (CCM) to talk with co-founders Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman and patient Kiki Smith. The interview covered a wide range of subjects including barriers to doctor-patient communication, use of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit and how SpeakSooner Community Programs have prepared patients and families to be more effective communicators.
To learn more about SpeakSooner’s Community Education Programs join us on March 24 at the Oldcastle Theater in Bennington, VT for an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary, “The Boys of 2nd Street Park”, featuring CCM’s Dr. Bernard Bandman as one of the ‘Boys’.
The Center for Communication in Medicine will host an exclusive screening of the award winning documentary, “Boys of 2nd Street Park” on Friday, March 24, 2017 at 7pm at Oldcastle Theater, 331 Main Street, Bennington, Vermont. All proceeds will benefit the Center for Communication in Medicine’s (CCM) SpeakSooner Community Education Programs.
This Sundance Film Festival selection tells the story of love, loss and family of a group of friends growing up in the innocence of the 1950’s, confronting the cultural upheaval of the 1960’s and follows their lives as they make sense of their formative years. CCM co-founder Dr. Bernard Bandman is one of the ‘boys’ featured in the film. He and his wife CCM co-founder Celia Engel Bandman share the story about their first child’s illness – a loss that not only informed their lives but also was the genesis of their work with the Center for Communication in Medicine.
The San Francisco Examiner describes the documentary as ‘intimate, thoughtful and well-crafted … two sorts of viewers should attend: those who experienced the uneasy 60’s and those who did not” while Esquire notes the film is “a powerful reminder of the greatness found in ordinary lives.”
The evening will include the screening of the film, discussion and reception. Tickets for the event are $25.00 and are available online HERE or by sending a check to CCM PO Box 197, Bennington, VT 05201. Please be sure to include your contact information. All proceeds to benefit CCM’s Community Education Programs.
On Friday, October 14 Dr. Bernard Bandman was interviewed by Ed Rabinowitz of Physician’s Money Digest for his upcoming column on physicians educating patients. Doctor patient communication is at the heart of CCM’s SpeakSooner initiative and it is gratifying that this work continues to be sought out by the medical community.
On Monday, October 17 Celia Engel Bandman and Dr. Bandman offered a program, “Patients, Caregivers & Healthcare Team: A Delicate Balance” to the Springfield Hospital medical staff.
Also in recognition of the Bandmans innovative work with the SpeakSooner initiative, CCM’s founders have been invited to participate in a panel discussion at Bennington College’s Center for Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) as part of CAPA’s Legislative Series. The panel will discuss the work being done to create a healthy Bennington (VT), as well as identify the gaps in achieving health and wellness in our community. Moderated by VT State Senator Brian Campion and CAPA director, Susan Sgorbati. The program runs from 7 – 8:30 pm.
The Center for Communication in Medicine’s SpeakSooner initiative continues to build momentum through their community education programs. These programs prepare patients and their loved ones to open timely conversations with caregivers and medical professionals.
In May Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman appeared on WCAX TV in Burlington VT to discuss “Tips for Talking with your Doctor During Tough Times”.
In July Dr. Bandman appeared on the Bob Salter Radio Show on WFAN in New York to share information on SpeakSooner’s programs and how the Difficult Conversation Toolkit can support patients and their healthcare providers bridge the communication gap when facing serious illness.
And in August, the Center for Communication in Medicine offered the second in their 2016 SpeakSooner Community Education Series “Being a Caregiver and Caring for Oneself: A Balancing Act” at the Manchester Community Library where over 50 people joined in the conversation about the challenges and opportunities of being a caregiver while caring for oneself.