Expert: empathy, medical students declining to release

The closer to completion the training of a medical student, the lower the empathy. This opinion was expressed by head of the Department of psychosocial rehabilitation Interdisciplinary rehabilitation centre (IDC), psychiatrist Andrew jovanov in the framework of a business Breakfast on “Ethics, communication with patients and relatives: how to smooth out the “rough edges”.

The event was organized by ICR and “Union of the Women’s Forces.” The business Breakfast was attended by the medical specialists, the chief doctors of Moscow hospital, the managers and employees of charities. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the problems of communication between doctors, patients and their relatives.

The participants of the business Breakfast agreed that ethics and deontology in medical schools are taught by a residual principle. Intensively developing medicine, University programs rapidly filled the new standards, methods of diagnosis, treatment protocols – students trying to absorb it, and the ethics and deontology universities themselves often refer to elective courses.

Andrew Khovanov shares the view of colleagues that the root of the problems in University programs. “Everything starts from College, taught medicine and absolutely not taught to communicate with patients. As a result of medical student the skill of communication with patients develops spontaneously. Well, if you were able to observe the work of professionals or to read articles on this topic. Studies show that the closer to completion the training of a medical student, the lower the empathy. At the beginning of the course the student is more of person-oriented approach to the patient, but in the learning process, learning to focus on the detection of pathologies, begins to see in the patient is not conditional “Vasily”, and high blood pressure, ulcer, etc.” – summarizes the expert.