Category Archives: physician communication

The things we fail to say – a few simple questions help to fill in the gaps

It’s been several months since I’ve blogged regularly. Fortunately, I’ve learned to appreciate that we all have seasons in our lives and a limit to how much we can/should push ourselves.  I’m better at prioritizing and forgiving myself when I … Continue reading

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Good communication – simpler than we think: Coaching Physicians to enhance their relationship with patients

Last week I had the opportunity to speak about communication to a large group of family physicians.  Given that primary care doctors are pushed to see patients in ridiculously short visits, I titled my talk, “Communication Skills to Make a … Continue reading

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How Can I Help YOU? Physician coaching looks at service.

Recently a friend interviewed a prospective employee for her practice.  “How much would you like to be paid?” my friend asked.  The woman told her and they agreed.  In their next discussion, the prospective employee remarked that she would really need … Continue reading

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What’s your style? It’s a good one! A physician coach suggests that we each bring who we are – with confidence

Recently I watched a class of first year medical students practice communication skills with a “standardized patient,” an actor playing the part of a newly diagnosed diabetic.   The students were tasked with explaining diabetes and negotiating a plan for … Continue reading

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Motivating Patients – a Physician Coach Brings Neuroscience to the Rescue!

As healthcare providers, we need to communicate with and motivate many different types of people each day. With some, we feel as if our communication is seamless. We say what we mean, and they understand and respond appropriately. With others, … Continue reading

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The mysterious effects of what we say – a physician coach considers our intention and our patients’ experience

On a recent plane ride, I sat next to a man who told me his harrowing, near death story of remaining in a coma for weeks after suffering a catastrophic medical condition.  Fortunately, due to excellent care and a dose of … Continue reading

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Physician Coaching 101: Why Doctors Can be Happy About Doctor’s Day

Today is National Doctor’s Day. Who knew? In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the law designating March 30th national Doctor’s Day. Historically, the appropriate gift for a doctor was a red carnation. Ironically, the red carnation is a Spanish … Continue reading

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What does NO make possible? – a physician coach examines options

NO The very sound of the word implies selfishness. Disapproval. Deprivation. Not many positive emotions or ideas seem to result from saying no. So, let’s change that, shall we? Many of us have difficulty saying no, even when we don’t want … Continue reading

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How are we each good? A physician coach debunks “better”

There we sat: 32 accomplished professionals from around the world.  Physicians, human resource professionals, career counselors, organizational development specialists, coaches – even 3 police officers.  Each day of our recent training in the Myers-Briggs personality inventory assessment ended with a quiz.  As the … Continue reading

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Speaking up – an important service to society in the eyes of a physician coach

On a recent trip, I volunteered to help with physicals for some aspiring baseball players. Part of the evaluation was asking each person if he used smokeless tobacco, an unfortunately common habit among baseball players. Surprisingly, a good number acknowledged they did. … Continue reading

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