Perspective: Does medical education promote professional alexithymia? A call for attending to the emotions of patients and self in medical training.

@article{Shapiro2011PerspectiveDM,
  title={Perspective: Does medical education promote professional alexithymia? A call for attending to the emotions of patients and self in medical training.},
  author={Johanna Shapiro},
  journal={Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges},
  year={2011},
  volume={86 3},
  pages={
          326-32
        }
}
Emotions--one's own and others'--play a large role in the lives of medical students. Students must deal with their emotional reactions to intellectual and physical stress, the demanding clinical situations to which they are witness, as well as patients' and patients' family members' often intense feelings. Yet, currently few components in formal medical training--in either direct curricular instruction or physician role modeling--focus on the emotional lives of students. In this article, the… CONTINUE READING

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