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Hidden curriculum erodes medical students’ compassion

Despite a huge emphasis within medical schools on teaching empathy, a hidden curriculum causes students’ compassion to decline over time, according to an Associate Professor of General Practice at The Australian National University Medical School. Dr Katrina Anderson told the 13th Australian Palliative Care Conference in Melbourne today that despite excellent educational interventions she has seen evidence of third year medical students having have less empathy than those in their first year. This was largely due to greater value placed on science and evidence than compassion, intuition and humility. Read more

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