Training in improvisational theatre enables health professionals to learn deeper empathy, as well as mental agility and other clinical skills.
Health professionals need a dose of drama in their training to build clinical and interpersonal skills.
Student doctors need good role models to learn good patient communication.
Doctor communication is an important part of their education. But they can't have unlimited empathy for their patients either, or they'd never get the job done.
Grey’s Anatomy’s portrayal of trauma experiences is far more dramatic than in real life.
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A new study compared fictional patient experiences in Grey's Anatomy with real trauma cases. It concluded patients who are fans of the show might have unrealistic expectations of medical care.
Doctors have to deal with death every day. It’s not easy to come to terms with it.
Teaching students to care for the dying requires specific skills that the student may not encounter in their ordinary clinical teaching.
A new model of ‘competency based’ medical education is gaining popularity globally, in which trainees are assessed on skill rather than mere time invested.
A radical new model of "competency based" medical education emphasizes trainee skill over time invested. Queen's University is the first in Canada to fully embrace this shift.
Commemorations to honour those who have donated their bodies for the study of anatomy not only contain symbolic objects like candles and flowers, but also song and online tributes.
We've come a long way since the dark days of grave robbing to provide bodies for dissection. Now, there are ceremonies and memorials to honour people who have donated their body to science.
The latest evidence-based treatments for opioid addiction are often under-used, due to inadequate addiction education for doctors and nurses.
Most physicians are unaware of effective approaches to treat opioid addiction. Addiction medicine fellowships offer a new and effective way to save lives.
Private medical schools in the Caribbean promise low fees and tropical beach locations, amongst other benefits.
Competition for spaces is driving Canadian undergraduates to medical school in the tropics. And there are risks - for student career prospects and Caribbean health systems.
Kenyan medical and public health students provide healthcare to communities.
Kenyan tertiary institutions are learning from each other by sharing experiences on overcoming challenges they face during medical training.
Over a quarter of medical students suffer depression. Almost half of US physicians say they’re burnt out. A doctor reflects on how much more burdensome and less fulfilling the profession has become.
What does it cost to be a veterinarian?
Students aspiring to veterinary education are investing in the hope that it will return value. The reality, however, is different.
Long term monitoring of mental health in medical trainees is urgently required.
About a quarter of medical students show symptoms of depression, and one in ten report suicidal thoughts.
For some medical students, learning on simulated patients isn’t enough.
Medical students are practising invasive techniques on themselves and fellow students, a new study shows. But aside from obvious safety concerns, is there anything wrong with self-practice?
Would you want to be operated on by a surgeon whose only anatomy training was using virtual reality?
Medical students are using virtual reality to help them learn anatomy. But is it the game changing technology some people say it is?
In this April 2, 2015, file photo, a visitor leaves the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rancho Cordova, California.
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A physician who has spent 25 years working within VA hospitals reflects on what it has meant to him to serve those who have served our country.
There’s much we can do to stop our junior doctors from feeling devalued, demoralised and depressed, like this junior doctor protesting in London earlier in 2016.
Junior doctors are often blamed when things go wrong in hospital. But are we placing too many demands on them?
Medical student and child at Minnesota Indian Health alternative spring break experience.
Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth
The sustainability of academic medical centers and the value of a liberal education have both been under attack. Both are essential and integrated components of our best U.S. institutions.
A morbid curiosity makes it hard not to be fascinated.
You don't have to be a physician or anatomist to be curious about how bodies work. Exhibits of dead human specimens have been around for quite a while – capitalizing on our fascination with death.
Public health isn’t a standard part of medical school curricula.
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Today's medical students are tomorrow's doctors, and they need to understand public health to better help their patients.
Committing to genuine action to address the ‘toxic culture’ is a positive step, but the actual detox will require more radical surgery to some deeply held beliefs.
An independent report commissioned by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) released yesterday has found bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination are commonplace in the culture of surgeons…