Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Family Medicine

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Person: A. Emiko Blalock

During the third-year of medical school, many medical students report a decline in feeling empathy. This research provided a “noticing” intervention where students focused on taking detailed observations at physician and patient interactions to help re-engage humanity and strengthen empathy.

More importantly, this study concludes that beyond the skill of noticing, feelings of empathy for medical students is more contingent on positive role models and supportive mentorship between students and faculty.

by Emiko Blalock, PhD

Read more on Dr. Blalock’s research.