The Atlantic: How to Teach Doctors Empathy

From The Atlantic: How to Teach Doctors Empathy — “Being a good doctor requires an understanding of people, not just science.”

While empathy courses are rarely required in medical training, interest in them is growing, experts say, and programs are underway at Jefferson Medical College and at Columbia University School of Medicine. Columbia has pioneered a program in narrative medicine, which emphasizes the importance of understanding patients’ life stories in providing compassionate care.