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Dr. Angelo Volandes, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, is producing videos to educate patients and help them make informed medical decisions. We interviewed him recently in his office at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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What made you think of using videos?

I have always been interested in film. My godfather was an amateur filmmaker. And after my third year at Yale Medical School I spent a year as a student in the university's film studies program.

I got the idea of using videos to help inform patients after a couple of encounters with patients early in my career. I realized that even educated patients really didn't have a clear idea of what intensive care in a hospital involved. Or what advanced dementia was like.

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