- June 23, 2017
9:00 am - 1:30 pm
We return to Meredith for our annual meeting co-hosted with the New Hampshire Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. This year we are in the Flagship Ballroom at Mill Falls at the Lake, 3oo Daniel Webster Highway.
Breaking the Silence- Helping Future Doctors Discuss End-of-Life Issues with Their Patients
How patients answer questions about their overall life goals can inform treatment decisions, especially as people near the end of life.
“We’ve trained all doctors to ask people, ‘Do you smoke?’” said Dr. Harris A. Berman, dean of the Tufts University School of Medicine. “We’ve trained people to ask about sexual preference. That used to be a difficult discussion to have.”
Now, Berman says, doctors need to learn how to ask even more deeply personal questions, such as: What most matters to you? What do you need to make life worth living? In what circumstances would you rather not be alive?
Harris A. Berman, MD is Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine. Prior to that, he was Vice Dean of the Medical School, and Dean of Public Health and Professional Degree Programs and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine. Before coming to Tufts University he was a pioneer in the development of managed care in New England, and for 17 years, the CEO of the Tufts Health Plan.
Prior to joining Tufts Health Plan, Dr. Berman co-founded the Matthew Thornton Health Plan in Nashua, NH in 1971, one of the first HMOs in New England.
Dr. Berman has international experience as a Peace Corps Physician in India and a consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development in several international projects. At Tufts, he has spearheaded the expansion of the Global Health Program, and has helped grow the affiliation between Tufts and Christian Medical College in Vellore, South India, into many new areas of cooperation. As Dean of the medical school, he has been forging relationships for Tufts with institutions and funders in Taiwan, Singapore, Macau and China.
A graduate of Harvard College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Berman served as a resident on the Harvard Medical Service of Boston City Hospital and at Tufts Medical Center, and an Infectious Disease fellowship at Tufts Medical Center. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians.