Research shows that medical students exhibit a decline in empathy after they begin interacting with patients which poses a threat to their ability to provide patient-centered care. Patient-centered care challenges doctors to be empathetic, respectful, and compassionate, even during difficult patient interactions or when they have moral objections to the patient’s health behaviors. Teaching about abortion provides a learning opportunity for students to practice empathy and compassion in the face of patient behavior which they may not support.
Presented by: Jody Steinauer, MD, MAS University of California, San Francisco The Caring For Challenging Patients workshop can found here. If you are interested in making your own video, please contact us here.
Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD. Jail might seem a strange place for a resident to be. But that’s where we at UCSF have been taking our Ob/Gyn interns for the last five years every Monday—and not because they have committed a … Continue reading →
This web-based Medical Student Professional Responsibility Module is intended to help learners develop skills to manage their own judgmental feelings in patient interactions by encouraging empathy, compassion, or acceptance. This exercise was developed as a values clarification exercise for use with … Continue reading →