Patient Experience Digital Series
A Cleveland Clinic & HIMSS Event. Find out more
If there was one thing to take away from the treacherous year of 2020, is the importance of empathy and compassion as we interact with patients. Patients want more than anything to be heard and have a say in their care. When doctors are curious about their patients and ask questions to get to know them better, they are able to connect and understand them as human beings, thus able to provide more personalized care. Unfortunately, with the high demand for care, empathy and compassion can be an afterthought or, worse, forgotten.
The idea to instill empathy early on to make it second-nature led Stanford to create Walk With Me: A Patient-Engaged Exploration of Health and the Health Care System. In this course, medical students are paired with a patient for three quarters allowing the student to gain a patient's perspective of living with an illness and navigating through the health system. In this session, we'll hear how Stanford fosters empathy learning to help shape future doctors and the impact the course has on students.