Book club to discuss doctor-patient communication June 19, 2018

The Department of Medicine Book Club will host a discussion of What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, by Danielle Ofri, MD, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

What Patients Say was published in 2017. In it, Ofri reflects on the latest research studies about the connections between communication and health, interviews with scholars, doctors, patients, and hospital executives, and her own experience as a physician.

All faculty, trainees, students, and staff are invited to participate.

Learn more and find a link to register at MedicineNews.

Notes from the Voices of Medicine show

The Voices of Medicine storytelling show February 28 was a success. Bravo! to our six storytellers:

  • Govind Krishnan
  • TuanDat Nguyen
  • Elena Roberts
  • Joel Burt-Miller
  • Luke Gatta
  • David Zaas

If you attended the show, please take a moment to give us feedback using this simple online form. Your ideas will help us make the next Voices show even better.

We’ll post videos of the stories in a couple of weeks.

How would you spend your time?

This is one of the best essays I’ve read recently, and it’s a nice example of narrative medicine, by Professor Omid Safi, who is director of Duke’s Islamic Studies Center: What I Did When I Thought I Had Two Hours to Live. It brought tears to my eyes. Hope you enjoy it, too.

What would you do if you knew you had a year to live? A month? A day? How would you spend your time?  Who would you spend it with?  What would you do?

The Duke Center for Palliative Care, in partnership with the Duke Chapel Bridge Series, and the Duke University School of Nursing will explore those questions with a program titled Dignity, Diversity and Visions of a Good Death   on Friday, February 23, from 5:30 p.m. to  7:00 p.m. in Duke Chapel. A reception will follow. RSVP to Jennifer Bowen at

Science and religion

Ray Barfield, MD, professor of pediatrics and Christian philosophy, was on WUNC’s State of Things today talking about how he navigates religion and medicine in his career.

Also on the show was Jeff Polish, executive director of The Monti, who is curating a storytelling show featuring stories about the intersection of medicine and religion this Friday at the Carolina Theatre.

Listen to the show.