Join Delaware Humanities for a lecture by Dr. Danielle Ofri. Dr. Ofri is one of the foremost speakers about the doctor-patient relationship and bringing humanity back to health care. At a time when frustration is at an all-time high for doctors, nurses, patients, and their families, Dr. Ofri’s unique voice and extraordinary perceptiveness help unravel the complex layers of modern medicine. Dr. Ofri is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the NYU School of Medicine and author of titles such as What Doctors Feel, What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear, and Medicine in Translation: Journeys with My Patients.
The lecture will be preceded by dinner and the awarding of Delaware Humanities’ Joseph P. del Tufo Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities to Bayhealth for the Literature and Medicine Program. Ticket includes dinner, lecture, and book signing. Check in at 5 PM, dinner at 5:30 PM.
Dr. del Tufo was a professor of English for Delaware State College (now Delaware State University) and the University of Delaware. Prior to his death in 1979, he was an active and engaged member of the Delaware Humanities Council. He produced and delivered radio communications on various humanities issues for Delaware Humanities. In addition, he pioneered educational television in the Philippines, volunteered in leper colonies, and started the Honor’s Program at Delaware State.
About the Lecture, What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
The Power of Words: Despite modern medicine’s infatuation with high-tech gadgetry, the single most powerful diagnostic tool in the medical armamentarium is the doctor-patient conversation. However, what patients say and what doctors hear are often two vastly different things. Patients feel an urgency to “make their case.” Doctors multitask while patients speak and miss key elements. Add in stereotypes, unconscious bias, conflicting agendas, and fear of lawsuits and the risk of misdiagnosis and medical errors multiplies. This presentation examines whether refocusing the caregiver-patient conversation can lead to better health outcomes.