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Healthcare Speaker, Author & Compassion Consultant
Marcus Engel speaks from experience. Blending personal narratives with evidence based research, Marcus helps put an unforgettable name and face to the patient experience movement. Read More >
Marcus Engel, M.S., CPXP, CSP is a Certified Speaking Professional & author whose messages provide insight and strategies for excellent patient care. His keynote presentation, “The Other End of the Stethoscope” has been witnessed by tens of thousands of healthcare professionals and his books are used in scores of nursing and allied health programs to teach the basic foundations of caregiving.
As a college freshman, Marcus Engel was blinded and nearly killed after being struck by a drunk driver. Through two years of rehab, over 350 hours of reconstructive facial surgery and adaptation through a multitude of life changes, Marcus witnessed the good, the bad and the profound in patient care.
Marcus has authored four books and is currently at work on a fifth. He holds a B.S. in sociology from Missouri State University and a M.S. in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University in the city of New York.
In 2017, Marcus was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame where he teaches pre-meds the art of “being with.”
Marcus lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Marvelyne, and his Seeing Eye dog, Elliott. He is, in his words, a social media junkie and loves to connect with healthcare professionals nationwide. Read Less ^
Presence: Cornerstone of Caregiving
The Other End of the Stethoscope reminds healthcare professionals of the vital role they play in the healing process of patients. This keynote details the experience of a young patient during hospitalization, the care and compassion shown by health care professionals and the importance of health care professionals to be safe, secure and appreciated in their role within this sacred field. Read More >
Participants will also come away with an understanding of each patient and co-worker’s individuality, unique differences and appreciation for the role every health care employee plays in the healing of patients and their families. The patient and family experience is absolutely vital in quality, competent health care.
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The Narrative Nursing workshop teaches nurses to embrace their stories and practice simple writing techniques to guard against compassion fatigue and burnout. By leading nurses into the practice of therapeutic journaling, nurses are able to find different perspectives to invoke compassion and empathy — for patients, for themselves, doctors, fellow nurses and the families of patients. Read More >
This workshop is a creative and safe space that offers compelling reasons for learning to value one’s stories, utilize writing as a therapeutic resource and gain perspective about others in the healthcare community.
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Borrowing from experience, academics, world religion and ancient practices, Presence teaches healthcare professionals easy-to-implement techniques of mindfulness, meditation and being an open witness for patients and families. Read More >
Practicing mindfulness has been shown to increase empathy for patients, family and self, reduce errors and infection, and create a more cohesive working environment. Whether through therapeutic journaling, formal meditation practice or mindful hand washing techniques, this keynote helps individuals create a more compassionate environment…starting with compassion for and within oneself. Read Less ^
"Marcus’ keynote is the most profound and inspiring healthcare presentation I have ever witnessed. He gave us practical tools and tactics that we can use every day to advance the patient experience. Marcus is a master story-teller who drives to the core why we entered the healthcare profession in the first place – to improve the lives of the patients and families we serve through healing and meaningful connections. Your staff will remember his message for a lifetime."
"The audience listened intently to Marcus’ brave, honest and powerful words. He didn’t just hold our attention. He made us grateful that we could get to know the person at the other end of the stethoscope."
"Marcus was ‘phenomenal’, ‘hit the nail on the head’ and ‘so inspiring’ - just to quote a few members of our 1,000-person leadership audience. Not only did he deliver an incredible message through his story, but Marcus did an amazing job at intertwining the theme of our event throughout his presentation. Thank you, Marcus, for making this our best event yet!"
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