Moving Us Closer To Osler
A Miller Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence Initiative

How do you support your patient’s mental health?


“Listening conveys caring more than anything else.” -Dr. Margaret Chisolm, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Connecting with Patients | October 9, 2020 | <1 min read


Samei Huda, MD, Oxford Medicine

Encourage them to cultivate healthy habits.

Adam Koenig, University of Toledo

Use their pronouns.

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Chase Anderson, MD, UCSF

Let them know they’re not alone.

Mariah Robertson, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Hear them. Follow through on what I say I’ll do. Listen MUCH more than speak. Know them as a person, not a disease process.

Adam Hill, MD, Riley Children's Health

By creating a safe space for emotions.

Shannon Scott-Vernaglia, MD, Mass General

Asking patients how they’re doing, leaning in (actually and physically), and listening.

Leslie Ordal, CGC, Boise Genetics

Taking care of my own mental health so I can support my patients.

Margaret Chisolm, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine

Listening conveys caring more than anything else.

Elizabeth Gundersen, MD, Florida Atlantic University

Listening and being in the moment with patients.

Zackary Berger, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine

It’s hard. It’s hard to find mental health providers and it’s hard when meds cost an arm and a leg.

Aline Charabaty, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine

At every visit, ask patients how they’re doing emotionally. Validate their emotions. Listen with compassion and without judgment. Remind them they’re not alone. Refer them to a specialist. Encourage their effort and progress. #MentalHealth