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Training Physicians for Empathy

Training Physicians for Empathy

Source: HealthLeaders Media

Improving Clinical Management of Stillbirth is an educational session sponsored by the Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) and the University of Washington. The program was created to give residents a better perspective of what parents go through during a traumatizing medical event. Dr. Maureen Kelley of Seattle Children’s, saw that students weren't properly prepared to handle the emotional repercussions of a stillbirth. "We don't train our physicians very well to handle the emotional, psychological side of it, says Kelley, "There's a little bit of training on the recognition and the science and symptoms of distress and they're trained on how to medically manage a woman who is having a stillbirth. But there's a whole other side to it, the emotional and psychological side of losing a pregnancy and how parents suffer in that process."

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