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  • I'm leading a small session about empathy at our Patient Satisfaction meeting next week and would love to use the presentation with your permission and credit due; however, I am unable to save or down load it. Could you email the powerpoint to me. dianam1118@yahoo.com
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    Thank you for your kind words. Yes, please go ahead and use it. I just ask that you give me the credit for creating the slideshow. Good luck,
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  • Dear Dr. Marcin Chwistek,

    Good Evening. I greatly enjoyed your PowerPoint presentation In Search of Empathy. I would like to use it for a caring and communication inservice that I will be providing to caregivers in an assisted living dementia unit. Would you be willing to share it? I appreciate your time.

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In Search Of Empathy   A Physicians Manifesto In Search Of Empathy A Physicians Manifesto Presentation Transcript

  • In search of empathy - a physician’s manifesto Marcin Chwistek, MD
  • There is a crisis in medicine today...
  • that is quite different from escalating health care costs
  • Paperwork
  • or 8 millions of children without basic health insurance
  • it is a crisis of ...putting oneself in someone’s elses’ shoes
  • or in other words a crisis of: empathy
  • As medicine became more scientific, we have moved away from the bedside ...
  • to a virtual world of i-patients
  • and as a result medicine lost its heart...
  • We became detached and distant
  • ignoring the world of emotions
  • as inferior and distracting
  • and yet the basic reality of medicine has not changed.
  • Issues of illness and loss
  • life and death
  • continue to affect us deeply
  • but we keep denying the existence of emotions
  • instead of embracing them instead of embracing them
  • we shush them
  • instead of letting them be
  • we ignore them
  • instead of being attuned to them
  • Empathy (greek: empatheia) = en(in) + pathos (feeling)
  • empathy is emotional resonance
  • empathy is a form of knowing
  • and: to feel with = to act for
  • Empathy is the seed of compassion