Compassionate Healthcare: A Symbiotic Imperative in the Future of Medicine

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 12:30pm to 2:00pm

DML 241

Recent studies from the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research show there has been a rapid decline in compassion in medical school students and physicians. Of course, the Hippocratic Oath requires remembering that there is "an art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug." Beyond this obligation, there are other practical reasons to be concerned about this decline in healthcare compassion. One, compassionate physicians are more satisfied with their careers and for longer periods of time. Also patients respond better to compassionate physicians and are less likely to involve them in malpractice suits. Our panelists will discuss compassion in healthcare with a special focus on changes to the practice of medicine that have the potential to negatively impact compassionate care and what we can do about it.

Moderator: Sucharita Yellapragada, ZYGO Student Director

Kenneth Geller, MD, Director of Dornsife Pre-Health Advisement, Associate Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, USC Keck
Joshua Sapkin, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Associate Program Director of Internal Medicine Residency Program, USC Keck
Jean Shih, PhD., University Professor at the USC School of Pharmacy, Boyd and Elsie Welin Endowed Chair

Co-sponsored by the Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


Health Sciences Campus


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Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics
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