Tag Archives: communication in healthcare

What’s Important Doesn’t Change

Rolf Benirschke, the former kicker for the San Diego Chargers Football Team and the speaker at the School of Medicine graduation today spoke quietly and  made an impression on everyone there.  As a long time patient, he acknowledged the faculty for having saved … Continue reading

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When Doctors Have Time to Care

If you’ve visited a doctor recently, it’s likely that you’ve felt unseen and unheard. Sadly, “healthcare” is often dictated more by corporate requirements and a focus on the bottom line than by creating a healing interaction between doctors and patients. … Continue reading

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Doctors in the Crosshairs

We’re in trouble. No, really. We’re in a lot of trouble. We’re an aging population. Health care consumes an increasing amount of our budget. And we’re attacking our strongest allies. I became a physician in the HMO era and was … Continue reading

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Beware the pedestal! Physician coaching may save you a painful fall

As healthcare providers, we see many types of people.  With each encounter, we want to establish rapport and build a relationship that will allow intimate and sometimes difficult conversations and will help our patient trust us enough to share their concerns … Continue reading

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Self-compassion: a physician coach’s recipe for a long and fulfilling career

I once worked with a beloved physician whose skills were excellent.  Unfortunately, a patient initiated a malpractice lawsuit. Hurt by the experience, the doctor never returned to practice. Another physician was unable to face her patient’s post-operative DVT. She avoided contact, refused to speak … Continue reading

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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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