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Document Typology: University training course
Target groups: Students
country Where It Took Place: Poland
Name of compiler: dr n. med. Jacek Kabziński
name of institution: Akademia Humanistyczno – Ekonomiczna w Łodzi
role: Partner
language Of The Description: English
title: Department of Bioethics and Humanistic Foundations of Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw
description Of The Best Practice:
Department of Bioethics and Humanistic Foundations of Medicine, Medical University of Warsaw, teaches classes for medical students. Classes raise very difficult problem – can we learn empathy? And if so, how to do it. The department was recently created in response to demand for the education of future physicians, also in the wider concepts of medicine - empathy, contact and conversation with the patient. Classes are conducted with students in the course of their studies, they are mandatory and are received positively. Training from scratch empathic physicians is the beginning of narrative medicine in Poland, because there is a chance that at least one of the students will be encouraged to explore the topic and will someday be the leader of this form of therapy.

The result of the introduction of classes including bioethics and medical humanities is the basis for a better education of medical staff in Poland. Subjective approach to the patient and the ideas of narrative medicine in Poland are not very popular, so any initiative in this area seems to be valuable. Here the value is even greater, because education is for all the doctors who are leaving the Academy of Medicine. Young people are prepared to undertake all tasks associated with the practice of medicine. They know how to enter the world of the patient.
Quality indicators:
Use of means of narrative medicine
The Quality Indicator chosen for this practise is: Use of means of narrative medicine.
Students are introduced to all forms and means used in the medical narrative.
Young doctors' competence is influenced by the level of empathy, the ability to recognize emotions in others, compassion, individual attitude towards patients.
To conclude, Universities should also educate in this direction, develop interview skills with patients, listening to them, present model solutions of moral problems that patients bring with them. Their education in this direction, already in the course of study, is future-oriented and will help us to have a fully qualified professional medical personnel in the future. There is still a risk that young, unexperienced doctors will be too emphatic, however the earlier they learn about narrative medicine the better, because in case of experienced doctors it is very difficult to convince them to change their habits.

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