The Class That Teaches Doctors ‘Clinical Empathy’

Sheeeeesh I think it reflects badly on society that it’s necessary for doctors to learn empathy at formal courses. Can it even be taught, or is the empathy fakery?

And judging by the ‘doctors interrupt patients within 18 seconds’, what the fuckers need first is some lessons in basic good manners.

Too many assholes with god complexes in the medical field. It’s one of the reasons it’s vital to be treated by GOOD doctors. It’s why I go broke every feckin month paying pvt psychiatry bills.

Mutter rant whinge bitch moan.


Force credits “Oncotalk,” a course required of Duke’s oncology fellows, for the unexpected accolade. Developed by medical faculty at Duke, the University of Pittsburgh, and several other medical schools, “Oncotalk” is part of a burgeoning effort to teach doctors an essential but often overlooked skill: clinical empathy. Unlike sympathy, which is defined as feeling sorry for another person, clinical empathy is the ability to stand in a patient’s shoes and to convey an understanding of the patient’s situation as well as the desire to help.


While empathy courses are rarely required in medical training, interest in them is growing, experts say, and programs are underway at Jefferson Medical College and at Columbia University School of Medicine. Columbia has pioneered a program in narrative medicine, which emphasizes the importance of understanding patients’ life stories in providing compassionate care.

While the curricula differ, most focus on self-monitoring by…

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4 thoughts on “The Class That Teaches Doctors ‘Clinical Empathy’”

  1. Following a successful interview for a position as a bank mental health worker, one of the interviewers said to me: “You can teach people policies, but you can’t teach them to care.”

    That was several years ago, but the comment has stuck with me.

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    1. It’s a good one, I found the listing and analyses of care in the hippocratic oath etc in my next post interesting too. In fact this post sparked that one.


      1. Reading the oaths – ancient and modern – and the history behind them – as fascinating. Off to trip over to your next post. I do not always read posts in order. Hell, I often read magazines back to front (the articles, that is…).

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