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How to Tell Someone That She Is Dying - The New Yorker

How to Tell Someone That She Is Dying - The New Yorker | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Frustrated by the denials, the oncologist let his emotions get the best of him. “How about if this sucker is going to go and do you in?” he asked. “That’s going to happen, too. That’s the problem. It’s going to grow and kill you.”
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"The conversation struck me as emblematic of the challenge that physicians face practicing medicine in an era of empowered patients.

 

... a purely medical perspective can cause physicians to lose themselves in details and lose sight of the more human element of patient care, such as whether the chemotherapy that shrank the tumor would improve the patient’s quality of life.

 

... we should hope that, when physicians try to help terminally ill patients understand their illnesses and comprehend their treatment choices, they do not feel the need to scare their patients to death."

 

It's a (very long) discourse about emotion management, which I hope medical education will increasingly consider.

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"There's no billing code for empathy" - Animated comics remind medical students of empathy: a qualitative study.

"There's no billing code for empathy" - Animated comics remind medical students of empathy: a qualitative study. | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
BMC Med Educ. 2016 Aug 12;16(1):204. doi: 10.1186/s12909-016-0724-z.
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I'm really liking how comics are being used in various ways in medical education. This is a particular good example, which I hope to be able to implement in the future
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Reading Novels at Medical School

Reading Novels at Medical School | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Our busy jobs on the hospital wards require precision and efficiency, but in literature class we can slow down and explore human lives and thoughts in a different, more complex way.
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A lovely piece, which is not only about "reading novels" in medical education, but it shows, once again, the importance of learning how to manage emotions, starting from the training years.
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The philosophical role of illness – and how it can teach us to live reflectively

The philosophical role of illness – and how it can teach us to live reflectively | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Illness can have a major impact on our view of the world. Sometimes, it can be enlightening.
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The Intelligence of Emotions: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How Storytelling Rewires Us and Why Befriending Our Neediness Is Essential for Happiness

The Intelligence of Emotions: Philosopher Martha Nussbaum on How Storytelling Rewires Us and Why Befriending Our Neediness Is Essential for Happiness | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
"Emotions are not just the fuel that powers the psychological mechanism of a reasoning creature, they are parts, highly complex and messy parts, of this
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Very interesting article on #emotions and the importance of #storytelling
"the complex cognitive structure of the emotions has a narrative form — that is, the stories we tell ourselves about who we are and what we feel shape our emotional and ethical reality"
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Doctors Have Feelings, Too

Doctors Have Feelings, Too | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
When people are in need of medical care, recent research says they’re less likely to recognize physicians’ interiority.
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When people are in need of medical care, recent research says they’re less likely to recognize physicians’ interiority.

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The Book of Human Emotions - Profile Books

The Book of Human Emotions - Profile Books | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Recent research suggests there are only six basic emotions. But if this makes you feel uneasy, suspicious and maybe even a little bereft, The Book of Human Emotions is for you. From anger to wanderlust, each entertaining and informative alphabetical entry
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Definitely a book to read, to reflect on and hopefully get new insight

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My Last Day as a Surgeon - The New Yorker

My Last Day as a Surgeon - The New Yorker | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Paul Kalanithi on his last day practicing medicine, from his posthumously published memoir, “When Breath Becomes Air.”
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A very introspective piece from a surgeon on his last day of work before becoming a full-time patient

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Training future doctors: how does medical education need to adapt?

Training future doctors: how does medical education need to adapt? | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
“If we want doctors who listen to and respond to the needs of patients, we must support them to deliver compassionate care. To do this we must treat them the way we expect them to treat others, providing them with the training, support and skills they need to take this agenda forward.”
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11 cose che (forse) non sai sulle emozioni - Focus.it

11 cose che (forse) non sai sulle emozioni - Focus.it | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Cosa sono le emozioni? Come possiamo riconoscerle? Che hanno a che fare con l'economia e l'abbigliamento? E a proposito del sorriso...
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‘Resilience Training’: Smoke & Mirrors for a System that Seems to Want to Ignore Everything Else | whistlingdixietalk's Blog

‘Resilience Training’: Smoke & Mirrors for a System that Seems to Want to Ignore Everything Else | whistlingdixietalk's Blog | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
“Doctors will have to demonstrate that they have “emotional resilience” before they are allowed to practice”, so writes Laura Donnelly in the Telegraph. The Comments, sparked by an exchange with Professor Terence Stephenson, chairman of the General Medical Council (GMC), seek to highlight the psychological demands placed on junior doctors today. Emotional resilience is an important…
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Very interesting post  which, again, suggests that competency-based curricula do not provide tan appropriate basis to support students in their emotional "management"

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"Compassion in Action" brings together many in palliative care

"Compassion in Action" brings together many in palliative care | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
A few simple words--or even just a silent, supportive presence--can do so much to bring peace to the seriously ill and dying.

 

The theme of the one-day event was “Providing ‘The Best Care Possible’ Through the End of Life.” Organized by Hospice of the Valley and Santa Clara University Department of Counseling Psychology, it featured top tier speakers and drew a sold out crowd of professionals and volunteers from the palliative care and hospice fields.

 

The Challenge of Caring: Putting Your Empathy to Work Without Burning Out - Dale G. Larson, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology, Coordinator, Health Psychology Emphasis
Dr. Larson shared his immense wealth of experience in how to stay balanced in the end-of-life care field. 


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Against Empathy by Paul Bloom; The Empathy Instinct by Peter Bazalgette – review

Against Empathy by Paul Bloom; The Empathy Instinct by Peter Bazalgette – review | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Is empathy the bedrock of morality? Two new studies suggest there is confusion around its meaning – and its usefulness in creating a more caring society
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Is empathy a pre-requisit of morality? According to Dr Bloom it is not.
"rather than claiming emotional identification we should be cultivating our ability to stand back in order to provide a more rationally effective programme of care."
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How Doctors Die Differently - Forbes

How Doctors Die Differently - Forbes | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Dr. Coleman sees discussions about death as an act of love. It's an act of selflessness. For the dying, it's an act of selflessness because she is letting her family know how she wants to die. This makes it easier on the family — not having to debate whether this is the “right” or “wrong decision.”
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A very well written article on the complex and emotional issue of doing procedures on dying patients. Those procedures that that a doctor would not want for themselves, but still perform on patients. Reasons seem to be legal (by exhausting every medical procedure possible, the doctor can shield herself from medical malpractice claims) but also emotional (for the patient, the family and the doctor!).
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Is the NHS really suffering a crisis of compassion?

Is the NHS really suffering a crisis of compassion? | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Values based recruitment and a crisis in levels of compassion mask systemic failings on the part of government in supporting a sustainable and viable NHS.
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With the current emphasis on recruiting and ‘training’ staff to be more compassionate, little focus has been placed on barriers (both structural and interpersonal) that undermine staff compassion. .....Responses that seek to remove the structural barriers to compassionate care are clearly needed. At the very least this must mean a commitment to safe staffing levels... It could also mean creating more opportunities for regular peer supervision and support. 
The focus on measuring the compassion of possible NHS employees, via a Values Based Recruitment process, bears little resemblance to the recommendations Francis made.
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LitMed: Literature Arts Medicine Database

LitMed: Literature Arts Medicine Database | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
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The Literature, Arts and Medicine Database (LitMed) is a collection of literature, fine art, visual art and performing art annotations created as a dynamic, comprehensive resource for scholars, educators, students, patients, and others interested in medical humanities.
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How Oliver Sacks brought readers into his patients' inner worlds

How Oliver Sacks brought readers into his patients' inner worlds | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Sacks was able to communicate the fascinating workings of the brain in ways that evoked understanding and compassion.
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"The realities of patients, the ways in which they and their brains construct their own worlds, cannot be comprehended wholly from the observation of behavior, from the outside."

Oliver Sacks was surely a "compassion champion"; his books a unique perspective of the doctor-patient relationship and of how empathy transpires from our very human essence. 
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"The realities of patients, the ways in which they and their brains construct their own worlds, cannot be comprehended wholly from the observation of behavior, from the outside."

Oliver Sacks was surely a "compassion champion"; his books a unique perspective of the doctor-patient relationship and of how empathy transpires from our very human essence. 
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Blogging about chronic conditions can reduce patients' feelings of isolation

Blogging about chronic conditions can reduce patients' feelings of isolation | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Starting a blog can give patients suffering from chronic conditions a greater sense of connection with others, a reduced feeling of isolation and a better understanding of their illnesses, according to a recent study of patient bloggers.
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Starting a blog can give patients suffering from chronic conditions a greater sense of connection with others, a reduced feeling of isolation and a better understanding of their illnesses, according to a recent study of patient bloggers.

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Emotions: do they control us?

Emotions: do they control us?
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Speaker(s): Professor Lisa Bortolotti, Professor Giovanna Colombetti; Dr Benedetto De Martino

Recorded on 18 January 2016 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building

From financial decisions to medical choices and political beliefs, emotion plays a crucial role. What is emotion and what is it good for? How is it represented in the brain and do human emotions differ from other animals? We will discuss the notion that emotion is the primary factor that controls our every action. 

Lisa Bortolotti (@lisabortolotti) is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham. 

Giovanna Colombetti is Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. 

Benedetto De Martino (@bendemartino) is Sir Henry Dale Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. 

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By the end of my first year as a doctor, I was ready to kill myself

By the end of my first year as a doctor, I was ready to kill myself | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Doctor suicide is the medical profession’s grubby secret – but it’s unclear why some of those dedicated to preserving life silently plot their own deaths
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"And as we are pushed to treat more and more patients, faster and faster, fatigue and psychological distress will dull our competence: your lives will be less safe in our hands. And our own? Take it from someone who’s been there. Watch the suicide rate climb."

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Sketchbooks & Sutures

Sketchbooks & Sutures | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
Reflections on life and healing, from a medical student/ historian/ patient/ person. Written and...
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The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science

The Compassionate Mind - Association for Psychological Science | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
compassion is defined as the emotional response when perceiving suffering and involves an authentic desire to help
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Found on Facebook: Empathy

Found on Facebook: Empathy | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
According to several recent studies, social media, long a haven for selfies and minutiae, could actually increase our capacity to feel for others.
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Interesting, how can we implement them at their best, though? What pedagogy can be developed to harness social media for empathy?

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En España los colegios comenzaran a impartir Educación Emocional » El Ciudadano

En España los colegios comenzaran a impartir Educación Emocional » El Ciudadano | Emotions and empathy in Medical Education | Scoop.it
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Schools in Spain will start teaching emotional education...

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