Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 395–398 | Cite as

Moral Distress in Medical Education and Training

  • Jeffrey T. Berger


Moral distress is the experience of cognitive-emotional dissonance that arises when one feels compelled to act contrary to one’s moral requirements. Moral distress is common, but under-recognized in medical education and training, and this relative inattention may undermine educators’ efforts to promote empathy, ethical practice, and professionalism. Moral distress should be recognized as a feature of the clinical landscape, and addressed in conjunction with the related concerns of negative role modeling and the goals and efficacy of medical ethics curricula.


Ethic Education Moral Disengagement Graduate Medical Education House Staff Moral Distress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Stony Brook University School of MedicineStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Division of Palliative MedicineWinthrop University HospitalMineolaUSA
  3. 3.Department of MedicineWinthrop University HospitalMineolaUSA

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