Medical Education: A Need for Empathy?

Emily BeckmanAt a recent Seminar in the Medical Humanities, sponsored by the Medical Humanities program and hosted here at the Center for Bioethics, Emily Beckman, DMH, addressed the need for increased empathy in medical education. In her talk, “Empathy and Medical Education: Cultivating Moral Imagination Through Literature and Film”, Beckman described ways to use narrative to encourage medical students to improve empathetic clinician communication. By developing moral imagination through the attentive experience of the arts, Beckman believes that students can become physicians who are more likely to be active listeners, reflective thinkers, and skilled interpreters of emotive narratives.

Visit the Medical Humanities website to see a schedule of upcoming, free, public seminars.

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