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How doctors are taught to deal with death

from The Conversation Medical Xpress

As a society we're pretty removed from death. We don't really talk about it. Yet when medical students start their training, it suddenly becomes something they're intimately acquainted with. So how are young doctors taught to deal with death? The teaching of medicine has traditionally been one of apprenticeship. A student is equipped with basic knowledge and then, through experience in "the clinic", is guided by a trusted senior into a medical career. The teaching of students around one of the key skills they will require in their career, care of the dying, requires specific skills that the student may not encounter in their ordinary clinical teaching. more


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