ICME Symposia 3 : Empathy in medical training; translating principles into real world practice.

16:40 – 18:10 , 13th MARCH 2018
William T. O’Connor (University of Limerick Medial School, Ireland)
Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi

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Empathy is particularly important in considering others especially when making decisions and is therefore a basic component of all helpful human relationships including effective, therapeutic interventions. Yet empathy is often lacking in professional practice, as frequently reported by patients [1]. In this regard, it has been reported that empathy significantly declines in the third year of medical school, just when extensive exposure to clinical settings typically first occurs [2]. This main aim in this proposal is to address a gap in medical education by providing the scientific rationale for establishing opportunities for creative and effective empathy and engagement in medical practice.