Impact of Colorectal Surgery on Patients 

Sunday, May 1, 9:00 - 10:00 am

CME Credit Hours: 1

As the practice of medicine becomes increasingly complex, we can get caught up in the day-to-day logistics and lose sight of the patient perspective.  Particularly within the field of colorectal surgery, patients face significant treatment challenges including life altering side effects and in many cases a stoma.  In this novel symposium, we will hear from a variety of patients about their lived experience in navigating the healthcare system.  We will explore what it means to face a life-threatening diagnosis from a physical, emotional, and financial perspective.  This unique opportunity will facilitate an open discussion on topics that are important to patients and their families, which can further enrich the patient-surgeon relationship.


At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:
                1.  Recognize a better understanding of the patients’ experience
                2.  Appreciate outcomes that are important to patients
                3.  Effectively communicate with patients and their families


Traci Hedricks, MD,Charlottesville, VA
Thomas E. Read, MD, Gainesville, FL

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