Medical Students Should be Educated in a More Compassionate Spirit

Medical Students Should be Educated in a More Compassionate Spirit
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It is said that if you don’t put passion into your work, you’ll end up hating your job or career, be unhappy and always look for ways to start all over. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to try several jobs until you find one that suits you, but certain areas require special skills.

In this case, we will refer to doctors. Obviously, this is not just a job. When you take this step, you have to be sure that this is the path you want to follow, because you have a long and difficult way ahead. Besides, it’s common knowledge that future doctors need to be determined, compassionate, caring. In others words, you have to be a real human being.

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Jacob M. Appel, M.D, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Education and Director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine from New York is one of those cool people who think that passion means success. The physician highly appreciates the importance of fiction and narrative for enhancing the professional development of future doctors.

Furthermore, he thinks that these tools can make trainees more compassionate and humane because by reading a lot they will step into a different world. They would have the opportunity to have positive examples and imagine how they can apply what they learned in real life.

The professor knows that medical students read a lot for exams, but that literature is not always ”food the soul”. In fact, he claims that literature should be included in the admission process. Knowledge and experience in the medical area is crucial for a doctor, but a good physician fosters emotional understanding and empathy as well.


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