At the Voice of the Patient, we are dedicated to enhancing our ability as health care providers to truly listen to others and to establish a therapeutic alliance. In some cases, we can benefit from listening to the experience and mindset of other providers, such as Dr. Faye Reiff-Pasarew.
Dr. Reiff-Pasarew is an assistant professor of hospital medicine, director of the humanism in medicine program and unit medical director at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She received her MD from the University of California, San Francisco Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. She also produced the podcast series "The Art of Medicine." Her interests include: the medical humanities, end of life care, and the doctor-patient relationship.
Dr. Reiff-Pasarew and I discuss her recent article in the Washington Post: "I'm a young, female doctor. Calling me 'sweetie' won't help me save your life." Dr. Reiff-Pasarew shares her experiences with challenging relationships with patients because of attitudes toward her age and gender. She offers many ideas for how providers can overcome these challenging relationships and how to benefit our healthcare system by eradicating these stereotypes.
We discuss narrative medicine, how she uses poetry to teach medical students about delivering cancer diagnoses, and how she has included patients in grand rounds at her hospital.
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