The Art of Empathy: An Argument for the Use of Acting Training in Medical Education

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2023

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Counseller, Jack

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This thesis argues for the incorporation of theater performance training into medical education. Theater performance training applied to medical student education would enhance clinical skills and patient interaction competency by specifying preexisting clinical training which already utilizes role-playing and Standardized Patient interactions. Through stories, studies, and experiences I expose the need for a type of art education that trains physicians beyond the science of medicine. The expected training in the science of medicine is not sufficient, I argue, to make an excellent physician. A supplemental education in performance art is necessary for the improved application of medical knowledge in a patient-care setting

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