About Us

VitalTalk is a nonprofit with the mission of nurturing healthier connections between patients and clinicians. We specialize in developing and facilitating advanced communication skills courses and faculty training courses focused on balancing honesty with empathy when discussing serious illness and end of life care.

Vital Talk has developed and implemented a wide variety of communication courses over the past 10 years. Our communication skills training uses a hands-on, practical and proven method. We offer Advanced Communication skills courses which teach a framework for individual clinicians and Faculty Training courses which give clinicians the skills they need to run training programs at their home institutions. In addition, we are currently developing an e-learning program, which will help clinicians sharpen and focus their skills from a distance.

At Vital Talk we believe that better communication is within reach – and the patients and family’s we work with deserve it.

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Contact us at info@vitaltalk.org

Anthony Back MD

The landscape of patient and clinician is changing so rapidly that we have to keep innovating. I am Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Robert Arnold MD

I never want to stop being a doctor—talking to patients and families is the best work I do. In my day job, i also direct Palliative Care at the University of Pittsburgh, where I am the Leo H. Creip Professor of Medicine.

Kelly Edwards PhD

My vision is about creating trust—I want to build a network of mentors and a community of practice through VitalTalk. I’m Professor Bioethics and Humanities at the University of Washington, and Assistant Dean of The Graduate School.

James Tulsky MD

One of the most gratifying things i do is create interventions that enable doctors to become better. I’m Chair, Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chief, Division of Palliative Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital.