April 18, 2022

What do medical students do and want when caring for difficult patients? – 02/04/2022

Teach Learn Medicine

PMID 305556426

A number of 4th-year medical students were interviewed after they interacted with challenging patients.  Strategies that helped them cope better-included ways for them to find empathy, having some skills to help communicate better, and some anticipation of what to do if an interaction was going to be tough.  Also helpful was finding ways for students to feel supported, and also emphasizing that some of these interactions could lead to more responsibility for the students.  Having a debrief with a faculty member to validate their emotional reactions and challenges was deemed quite helpful.