A surprisingly consistent body of research exists indicating that conventional medical training actually reducespractitioner empathy. What is worse, the decline in empathy appears even more pronounced at the time that the curriculum shifts towards patient-care activities.
In one study published in 2009 in the journal Academic Medicine entitled, “The devil is in the third year: a longitudinal study of erosion of empathy in medical school,” the authors conclude:
It is ironic that the erosion of empathy occurs during a time when the curriculum is shifting toward patient-care activities; this is when empathy is most essential.
Other studies reach similar conclusions….