Teaching Empathy During Clerkship and Residency
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Empathy has been recognized as a cornerstone of the doctor-patient relationship . However, while medical students often start their training with idealism, a number of studies have found a decrease in empathy towards the latter part of medical education [2, 3, 4]. Many strategies for teaching empathy to students and residents have been proposed and studied. These strategies address different aspects of empathy—emotive, moral, cognitive, and behavioral . In a review by Stepien and Baernstein, interpersonal skills workshops, audiotape workshops, and communications skills workshops lasting between 3 and 16 h showed statistically significant improvements in pre- and post-training assessments . However, the improvements did not create a lasting impact on empathic skills, suggesting that reinforcement of these skills is necessary. Some authors have suggested that in order to create a lasting impact, empathy training should be a standardized component of medical education, with...
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