Nov 11

Balancing Your Humanity as a Cancer Care Provider

As someone who works in an oncology clinical setting, you see patients and their families living their worst fears. While this is an experience you have every day, it is important to remember the unique circumstances of each individual you encounter. It is also imperative that you take time to access your own mechanisms for exposure to other’s trauma. In this interactive workshop, we will provide opportunities to roleplay effective patient and provider communications with a focus on empathy, active listening, and perspective taking. We will leave this session with an enhanced capacity regarding how you deal with the care environment, and a renewed understanding for how you can not only take care of others, but also yourself.

How to Approach a Patient and Provider Relationship

We’ve all had one: that person on your medical team that doesn’t listen to your needs and thinks they know what is best for you. Patients and caregivers can sometimes feel like they have lost their power due to well-intentioned providers not considering their unique perspectives. In this live role-play session, we will hear from a patient and a physician as they model different scenarios to help us all navigate the sometimes tumultuous relationships of patients and providers. We will leave this session with insights that we can all apply to our interactions with our medical team, turning what once made us feel powerless into power.

Nov 12

Day 2 Sponsored by Amgen

Patients Are Our Driving Force

As a physician, Kristen has seen both tragedies and miracles in her career. As a caregiver and human, she has personally survived the loss of three family members, two to cancer. Now serving as Senior Vice President of Early Clinical Development, Hematology/Oncology & Cell Therapy at Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), she and her team investigate new ways to transform patients’ lives through science on a daily basis. In this session, we will learn why patients are at the core of everything Kristen and her team do at BMS and hear how unique patient perspectives are helping to inform scientific discoveries. We will leave this session with a renewed understanding of the power of innovative medicines to profoundly change the course of serious human diseases, as well as BMS’ commitment to increase access and involve patients in improving care.

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