Can Residents Be Taught To Be Empathetic? Yes!

In a randomized trial of three 1-hour sessions for residents in multiple specialties, patients of residents randomized to training graded their doctors better at “showing care and compassion” than patients of those who were not.  Training focused on the neurobiology of emotion and physician responses to “difficult” patients and situations—Laura Willett, MD

Reiss H et al. Empathy training for resident physicians: a randomized controlled trial of a neuroscience-informed curriculum. JGIM Oct 2012; 27:1280.

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