Empathy: Lost or Found in Medical Education?

Sonal Singh, MD

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Can Empathy Be Learned?

Although research findings on the effects of educational remedies to promote empathy are inconclusive, the majority of these studies report a positive result from targeted empathy training.[3] Feighny and colleagues[12] found that training in the early years of medical school enhances behavioral empathy among students and improves their communication skills. Wilkes and coworkers[13] reported an increase in medical students' empathy when they had their own personal hospitalization experiences. On the other hand, Markham[14] reported that a behavioral science course in medical school did not change students' orientations toward the patient as a person. These inconsistent results may be due to the nonspecific measure of empathy used in different studies or a lack of specificity in educational objectives.

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