Effectively Communicating Care

September 15, 2018
Claire shares with listeners how the patient-centered care she received impacted her health and healing. What started as an ovarian cyst quickly turned into an emergency situation due to a perforated bowel from the procedure. When Claire ends up in the emergency room, a doctor is able to diagnose the cause simply by watching Claire’s nonverbals. With a graduate degree in Communication Studies, Claire identifies how the communication styles and behaviors of her clinicians encouraged or d...
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Let’s Talk About Sex

September 07, 2018
In her mid 20s, Katie was unfamiliar with the pain that was happening to her.   Conversations about sexual health are uncommon outside of a sexual education class and remains an uncomfortable topic to broach for physicians and patients alike.   For Katie, the discomfort and uncertainty of her pain was initially difficult and embarrassing to explain to her doctors.  After three years without a conclusive explanation,  Katie was asked by a gynecologist to point to the locati...
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Advocating for a Loved One

August 31, 2018
When her husband, Jordi, is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Hope assumes the role of his caregiver. When Jordi and Hope meet with the oncologist, he exclaims, ”Why didn’t you come see me five years ago?!” Hope struggles trying to communicate with the oncologist while encouraging Jodi to be more involved in his own care. As she states, “….[he] was relying on me to not just find the doctors or find the information but also relay that information to him and try t...
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Part II - Providing Light to the ‘Dark Side’ of Health Insurance (Special Edition)

August 26, 2018
In Part II of the special edition podcast, Dr. Jonathan Burke reveals new and, for many people, unknown information about how the health insurance system works. He answers a series of questions by the podcast host, so listeners can be more prepared for and effectively respond to health insurance issues. Dr. Burke offers insights and tips regarding claims (e.g., appealing a bill), prescriptions (e.g., lower medication costs), hospital/in-patient care (e.g., asking more questions...
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Coming Out to Your Physician: Caring for Members of the LGBTQIA Community

August 19, 2018
Over the past five years, Dr. Beth has learned the importance of asking patients, “…what is your preferred name and what are your pronouns?” It is a crucial question she didn’t know to ask earlier in her medical career, having received insufficient training in LGBTQ health. After months of caring for a patient with unexplained breast pain, Dr. Beth eventually learned the cause when the patient courageously chose to share his identity story with her. Dr. Beth offers ti...
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