'Hidden' med school curriculum undermines empathy

With April research showing medical interns spend very little time directly caring for patients, medical education is getting more bad press. Danielle Ofri, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor of medicine at NYU School of Medicine, exposes the darker side of transitioning from the classroom to clinical medicine--students come in selfless and empathetic and leave jaded and embittered. Medical students also learn the "hidden curriculum," in which they observe healthcare hierarchies and bureaucracies in action, efficiency take precedence over patient care, and a hypocrisy of doctor-patient communication and bedside manner. >> Read the full FierceHealthcare article