Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
Written By Nathan Clendenin for UNC Health Care
Being a physician is a difficult task, as most everyone would agree. Being able to examine a patient and determine the cause of their symptoms is no small feat, which many refer to as more of an art than an exact science. For a pediatrician, the difficulties of making an accurate diagnoses can be compounded because often, their little patients lack the ability to express themselves with words.
Jackie Patterson, a second year resident in Pediatrics, brings a special skill to the table when it comes to reading a patient, and that is non-verbal communication. Her life-long passion and dedication to dance has made her well versed in the art of reading someone’s body and gives her a special connection with her patients. She also makes a special impression on patients when she’s wearing her sparkling pink Tom’s shoes. She’s pretty well known around the hospital for them, not just by patients but staff as well!
Enjoy this month’s video on the art of non-verbal communication.