Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Michael Brennan, M.D. is featured in the PBS series Life (Part 2), in an episode entitled “Dancing with Doctors.” While you won’t see him “bust a move,” he does provide some insights into physician-patient interactions. As the PBS site introduces it:
Why do we often feel scared, rushed, and powerless in the doctor’s office? Can this affect how we heal? Why do doctors behave the way they do? How can we improve the “dance” we do with doctors?
Host Robert Lipsyte, a two-time cancer survivor, asks the insiders. Grey’s Anatomy consultant psychologist Dan Shapiro, Ph.D., head of Penn State College of Medicine’s Department of Humanities, explains the difficulty of teaching brainy medical students to be “human.” N.I.H. researcher and author Esther M. Sternberg, M.D. talks about her extensive study of the effects of stress on health and her own bout with crippling rheumatoid arthritis caused by stress. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Michael Brennan offers pointers on getting and keeping your physician’s attention and reaping the greatest benefits from a visit to the doctor. The conversation will help you understand your doctor-and how to get your doctor to understand you!
Watch the program on the PBS Web site.