Empathy Difficult for Medical Students to Maintain; Creates Model to Improve and Sustain Students’ Empathy

Newswise — One year ago, a landmark study led by Mohammadreza Hojat, Ph.D., research professor, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Thomas Jefferson University, quantified a relationship between physicians’ empathy and their patients’ positive clinical outcomes, suggesting that a physician’s empathy is an important factor associated with clinical competence. The study was published in the journal Academic Medicine (March 2011 issue, http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine ). 


Dr. Hojat’s team found that empathy can indeed be improved. In an article called, “Impact of a Workshop about Aging on the Empathy Scores of Pharmacy and Medical Students,” which was published in the current issue of the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education