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Title: Loss of empathy in medical school understood from the Buddhist concept of non-self
Authors: Ostermayer, Daniel G.
Keywords: empathy;non-self;medical school;professional identity;Buddhism
Issue Date: 3-Aug-2010
Abstract: As students progress through medical school the level of empathy they entered with declines during the four years of education. Although no specific aspect of the medical curriculum has been shown to directly decrease empathy, the decline raises concern for adequate patient centered medical education. Such a loss can then lead to an erosion of ethical behavior and patient care. Although there are multiple theories regarding causes for the decline in empathy, I propose that the loss of empathy in medical school correlates with the search for a professional identity and is best understood from the perspective of Buddhist psychological theory.
Description: This paper was written for the Drexel University Medical Humanities Scholars Program under research mentorship from Steven Rosenzweig MD.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1860/3331
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