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August 27, 2014

TED Talk: ‘On Being Present, Not Perfect’

“On Being Present, Not Perfect”

Dear All,

The conversations that matter most in healthcare are often the most difficult.  From conveying serious diagnoses and disclosing medical errors, to ethical quandaries surrounding end-of-life care, these conversations are the bedrock of the patient-healthcare provider relationship.  When they go poorly, patients’ health outcomes, trust, and satisfaction with care can suffer.

This past spring, I was honored to be invited to deliver a TEDxLongwood Talk. Entitled “On Being Present, Not Perfect,” I draw on both professional and personal experience to illustrate the profound gaps in healthcare communication and how to close them. I introduce our Institute’s educational philosophy of the “one room schoolhouse” and share the Wizard of Oz metaphor to describe the key ingredients of honest, direct, and genuine conversations.

I am reaching out to share with you the link to my TEDx talk, which has just gone live this week!  I would be pleased if you would take the time to view the talk by visiting this link: “On Being Present, Not Perfect<>.” If the presentation touches you, I would be grateful if you would be willing to share it with your colleagues, friends and family.  Together, we can help spread the word that these conversations matter deeply and that, indeed, we are called upon to be present, not perfect. Thanks so much.

Kind regards,



Elaine C. Meyer, Ph.D., R.N.

Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice Boston Children’s Hospital Associate Professor of Psychology Harvard Medical School One Autumn Street, #416 Boston, Massachusetts 02215

(617) 355-5021 (office)

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