Developing a pilot curriculum to foster humanism among graduate medical trainees

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Developing a pilot curriculum to foster humanism among graduate medical trainees

Humanism is fundamental to the practice of medicine and has recently been emphasised in medical education, particularly among residents. Patients who deem their physicians as humanistic have displayed improved health results and are more satisfied. Even though all accredited residency programs have the capacity for professionalism, only some have formal curricula for humanism. Instead, humanism is commonly taught informally through role-modeling. With increased fatigue, professionalism may be affected and compromise resident role-modeling.

The objective of this study was to outline a pilot curriculum for graduate medical trainees in any field and determine its capacity to nurture humanistic behavior.

This two-phase exploratory sequential mixed methods study include (1) a qualitative analysis of residents’ narratives in relation to the challenges to humanistic behavior and identified themes of compassion, fatigue, communication challenges and work-life balance (2) three sessions with themes retrieved from faculty development course. Participants and controls concluded baseline and 60-day follow-up questionnaires determining burnout, compassion, satisfaction, and ability to practice psychological medicine.

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