Walking a mile in their patients' shoes: empathy and othering in medical students' education

@article{Shapiro2008WalkingAM,
  title={Walking a mile in their patients' shoes: empathy and othering in medical students' education},
  author={Johanna Shapiro},
  journal={Philosophy, ethics, and humanities in medicine : PEHM},
  year={2008},
  volume={3},
  pages={10 - 10}
}
One of the major tasks of medical educators is to help maintain and increase trainee empathy for patients. Yet research suggests that during the course of medical training, empathy in medical students and residents decreases. Various exercises and more comprehensive paradigms have been introduced to promote empathy and other humanistic values, but with inadequate success. This paper argues that the potential for medical education to promote empathy is not easy for two reasons: a) Medical… CONTINUE READING