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Preparing Future Physicians to Adapt to the Changing Health Care System: Promoting Humanism through Curricular Design

Preparing Future Physicians to Adapt to the Changing Health Care System: Promoting Humanism through Curricular Design
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Author(s): Joanna Lauren Drowos (Florida Atlantic University, USA) and Sarah K. Wood (Florida Atlantic University, USA)
Copyright: 2017
Pages: 20
Source title: Medical Education and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-0978-3.ch070

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Abstract

One vital goal of medical education is to promote the development of desirable professional qualities among future physicians, such as compassion, empathy, and humanism. Future physicians must finish their training prepared to meet the changing health needs of society, yet in reality many students graduate from medical school more cynical and less empathetic than when they began. During clinical clerkships, many students experience an “ethical erosion” as they transition in to real world clinical settings. Through innovative longitudinal integrated curricular designs focusing on continuity, medical students participate in the comprehensive care of patients over time and have continuous ongoing learning relationships with the responsible clinicians. As patients place increasing importance on the doctor-patient relationship, learning models that foster stronger connections between medical students and their patients, as well as with their teachers and communities, are needed in order to better prepare the next generation of physicians to serve a changing health care system.

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