Featured Speaker: Thomas Ward Bishop

Head for the Hills 2016 is fast approaching! Are you still looking for a reason to join us? Why not attend Dr. Thomas Ward Bishop’s presentation, entitled “BREAKING BAD NEWS: Communicating a Difficult Diagnosis or Lifestyle Change”?

Breaking bad news is not something that most providers are eager to try. Dilbert’s advisor Dogbert says: “Never break bad news…it will only get you in trouble.” And stories abound about how unskilled physicians blundered their way through an important conversation, sometimes resulting in serious harm to the patient. Many patients with cancer, for example, can recall in detail how their diagnosis was disclosed, even if they remember little of the conversation that followed, and they report that physician competence in these situations is critical to establishing trust.

Some providers contend that breaking bad news is an innate skill, like perfect pitch, that cannot be acquired otherwise. This is incorrect. Providers who are good at discussing bad news with their patients usually report that breaking bad news is a skill that they have worked hard to learn. Furthermore, studies of physician education demonstrate that communication skills can be learned, and have effects that persist long after the training is finished.  The aim of this presentation will be to review specific skills and strategies in addressing “bad news” with patients and their families.  There will be active engagement and participation from participants.

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Featured Speaker: Kathy Hosig

What will you be doing September 30? Why not join us at GMEC’s annual conference and retreat, Head for the Hills, and learn from our featured experts while enjoying southwest Virginia’s natural beauty?  For just a taste of what we will be offering, take a look at this session summary for Dr. Kathy Hosig, included below.

Nutrition Tips for Your Patients 

Rural residents often face unique and significant barriers to following advice regarding diet and physical activity.  Issues such as poverty, access to healthy foods and safe opportunities for physical activity, lack of social support and limited health literacy may make achieving lifestyle change particularly difficult.  Lessons learned from working with rural and underserved populations will be shared.  Specific examples of strategies to help patients follow your recommendations will be discussed.

Kathy Hosig, PhD, MPH, RD, Associate Professor
Director, Virginia Tech Center for Public Health Practice and Research
Department of Population Health Sciences
Virginia Tech

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Featured Speaker: Sarah Hazelwood, DO

What are some of the topics that will be discussed at this year’s Head for the Hills conference? Check out the description of Dr. Sarah Hazelwood’s presentation below!

“Don’t head for the hills: Managing psychotropic side effects in the primary care setting”

A discussion of commonly prescribed psychotropic medications that primary care physicians may encounter, including drug side effect profiles, and strategies to manage those side effects.

Registration is now open.

Head for the Hills Featured Experts

Olivette Burroughs and Justin Crow from the VDH Office of Health Equity will be on hand to provide information about Virginia’s Primary Care Office programs.  Virginia’s Primary Care Office administers or provides technical support for a variety of federally-funded recruitment and retention and shortage designation programs, including:

  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment & Scholarship Programs
  • NHSC Site Approval
  • Recruiting providers using the NHSC Jobs Center
  • NURSE Corps
  • Virginia State Loan Repayment
  • The J-1 Visa Program
  • Health Professional Shortage Area Designations
  • Medically Underserved Areas/Populations

Don’t miss out; register for Head for the Hills 2016 today!