Bedside Manners

  • Can Empathy Be Taught? A study of a new training tool developed by clinicians at Harvard Medical School suggests that empathy can be learned and not lost.
  • Getting Along With Nurses at the Bedside Doctors-in-training must learn how to cultivate a healthcare team and understand the know-how that nurses bring to that team.
  • Learning to Break Bad News As a medical student, you may have learned protocols on how to deliver heartbreaking news to patients. But nothing can adequately prepare you for your first time.
  • 8 Ways to Help Patients Feel Human Try these simple tips to fight dehumanization at the bedside.
  • Harvard Clerkship Turns Students Into Doctors A former student of the Cambridge Integrated Clerkship at Harvard Medical School writes about the challenges in building rapport with a patient.
  • The Most Important Skill in Medicine Think of communication as another procedure you must learn in medical school -- perhaps one of the most important in the long run.
  • How to Be a Good Doctor: The 4 C's What do patients really want from their physicians?
  • Rejection of a Med Student's Care When it happens, it stings. You and your attending physician are responsible for showing patients that students and residents are part of standard practice -- but above all, show respect.
  • Interviewing for Medical School: New Process Better? Educators from the Stanford University School of Medicine say that the new test of "people skills" will help predict which students will thrive in clinical settings.
  • Feeling Your Patient's Pain How do you deal with a patient who's obviously in pain? Follow these tips for helping the hurt.
  • Patient Personalities 101 Carefully considering your patients' personality traits and circumstances will allow you to provide more compassionate care.
  • Too Much Information: Informed Consent in Cultural Context Cultural differences in how physicians and patients communicate should be understood at the bedside.
  • To Cry or Not to Cry at the Bedside Showing sadness can help you bond with patients and families at the bedside, but when have you gone too far?
  • Continuity of Care Starts With You Be your patient's advocate for navigating between doctors, nurses, and different levels of care.
  • How Can I Help Patients Change Unhealthy Behaviors? Follow these steps for "motivational interviewing" to counsel patients more effectively.
  • 'Good Doctoring' Requires More Than Clinical Skills Medical training may neglect a key aspect of providing good medical care: bedside manner.
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