DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS WORKBOOK:
Finding A Path Through Illness


There’s no right or wrong way to cope with a treatable but incurable illness. But clear communication about needs and concerns is critical to helping you, the patient, secure both appropriate medical care and emotional support. The Difficult Conversations Workbook uses video of fellow patients’ reflections as a framework for guided writing exercises designed to help you identify and communicate your hopes and goals for treatment and beyond.
A MEDICAL HUMANIST'S NOTES
Celia Engel Bandman
CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE JOYS OF CAREGIVING?
September 7, 2016 at 12:04 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  For those of you who were not able to attend our most recent SpeakSooner community education program “Being A Caregiver & Caring for Oneself: A Delicate Balance” (August 16 at the Manchester Community Library), I’d like to share a moment from that evening. ...
Regret…
August 3, 2016 at 1:11 pm · Filed under communication, family & friends, healthcare professionals
  I received an e-mail from a friend. The subject: “Regret is an important teacher...” My eyes focus on the ellipsis, not the Huffington Post link. I think about the power of three small dots to punctuate what is left unsaid. In an instant my mother’s words, which in time had become her mantra, echoed in my mind’s ear: “You never regret what you don’t say....
THE HUMAN SIDE OF DOCTORING
June 13, 2016 at 4:57 pm · Filed under communication, healthcare professionals, Patients

“Not every patient can be saved, but his illness may be eased by the way the doctor responds." Anatole Broyard, Intoxicated By My Illness

I received an e-mail from a colleague. The subject line read: “Wow look what they’ve discovered!” Attached was a link to the New York Times WELL column “Letting Patients Tell Their Stories.” My eyes drop down to the image of a doctor with his stethoscope in hand ...
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BREAKING NEWS

Center for Communication in Medicine founders, Dr. Bernard Bandman and Celia Engel Bandman will present "How to Get Ready for Difficult Conversations" as part of the University of Vermont Medical Center’s 19th Annual Women's Health & Cancer Conference Oct. 7, 2016 in Burlington, VT. To register for the conference click here.