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  • Good doctors: An ancient idea inspiring innovative enhancement to medical education?

    by Sabena Jameel, General Medical Council Sabena Jameel, a GP and Associate Dean for GP Education based in Birmingham, talks about her current PhD studies looking at the intellectual virtue of Phronesis (Practical Wisdom) as it relates to medical education and work as a GP. Wednesday evening, and I am...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Teaching Wisdom

    By Linda J. Kobert, UVA Today Walker Redd remembers distinctly his first encounter with a patient as a University of Virginia medical student. This was not, however, the typical first-year assignment, to get a simple medical history from a hospitalized patient. This was a house call, for starters. And...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Should We Train Doctors for Empathy?

    By Jill Suttie, Greater Good Science Center Following a wave of research suggesting the benefits of emotionally attuned physicians, the medical field is exploring ways to cultivate empathy. Nine years ago, I was told that I needed a full hip replacement. I was 46 years old and athletic, and had none...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Easing Doctor Burnout With Mindfulness

    By Pauline W. Chen, M.D., The New York Times According to the nurse’s note, the patient had received a clean bill of health from his regular doctor only a few days before, so I was surprised to see his request for a second opinion. He stared intently at my name badge as I walked into the room, then nodded...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Empathy Without Boundaries

    By Judith Graham, The New York Times Jean McFee Raichle, 94, is a remarkably cheerful woman. She lives in an assisted living center in Seattle staffed by aides who are warm and nurturing. She exists in the moment, mostly untroubled by her Alzheimer’s disease. Only once in the past several years has her...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Choosing to Create Connection - Words of Wisdom from the Medical Axiom Master

    "When done properly, your relationships with your patients should hold up in the elevator, in the lobby and in the grocery store aisle." by Mark B. Reid, MD, The (in)Patient Experience I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to attend medical school with a master of the modern-day medical...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Magical Trees

    By Diana Beresford-Kroeger from Seed. "Combine these two archetypes and you get an unusual hybrid organism, a self-described “renegade scientist.” Beresford-Kroeger, a native of Ireland, melds aboriginal healing, Western medicine, and botany in her lectures and writings about trees and sustainability...
     Posted by: Cait
  • The Older-and-Wiser Hypothesis

    The Older-and-Wiser Hypothesis The New York Times By STEPHEN S. HALL Published: May 6, 2007 In 1950, the psychoanalyst Erik H. Erikson, in a famous treatise on the phases of life development, identified wisdom as a likely, but not inevitable, byproduct of growing older. Wisdom arose, he suggested, during...
     Posted by: brendah
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  • Conversations on Wisdom: Barry Schwartz

    By Jean Matelski Boulware As a professor of psychology at Swarthmore College for 45 years, Barry Schwartz, PhD has focused his work on decision making, wisdom, and work satisfaction. His interests lie in the intersection between economics, morality and psychology. As one of the most notable public scholars...
     Posted by: jlmatelski
  • Are we ready for wisdom in health care?

    By Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD, MS and Gene Beyt, MD, MS It seems that there could not be a better place for wisdom to take hold than in health care. What profession is more in need of making wise choices than one trusted with people’s lives? What organizations are more in need of wisdom than those charged...
     Posted by: brendah
  • Practical Wisdom in Medical Training: What are the Prospects?

    In a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education (1), Prof. David Hoekema considers how virtue is taught on college campuses. He suggests that the “unacknowledged” ethicists on campuses fall generally into three categories: professors (of all disciplines, by virtue of the examples they set in...
     Posted by: wattawa
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