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2-019 Too late for therapy

Oops, a non-empathetic therapist (/ psychologist?). Shouldn’t empathy be one of the basic competencies to have in that line of work?

 

Human doctors

Apart from a certified psychiatrist, therapists are usually no medical doctors. Still, I would like to focus on doctors. These days it’s not enough to have a lot of medical knowledge in order to be a good doctor, you need several other abilities. A frame-work that is often used to help medical students develop into competent doctors is the CanMED framework. It is a framework that identifies and describes the abilities physicians require to effectively meet the health care needs of the people they serve. These abilities are grouped thematically under seven roles; medical expert (of course), communicator, collaborator, leader, health advocate, scholar and professional.

It’s good to see that there is a lot of attention in medical school (at least over here in the Netherlands, I don’t know that much about the other countries), but we are not there yet. I still meet MDs that should not be around people in my personal opinion, but they are getting less and less prevalent.

What is your experience with the empathy of doctors?

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