Physician Empathy Research Featured in the News

Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD

Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD

Jefferson research professor Mohammadreza Hojat, PhD, and fourth year medical student Jesse Edwards were recently featured on the WMCN show “Dawn” discussing physician empathy.

“There is a significant link between physician empathy and positive patient outcomes,” explains Dr. Hojat, who works with students at Jefferson Medical College to emphasize and teach the importance of empathy.

In a recently published study, Dr. Hojat explains that medical students can be taught to be more empathetic toward patients by viewing and discussing scenes from movies that illuminate the patient’s perspective.

“Enhancing and sustaining empathy in medical students,” was published in the December, 2013 issue of Medical Teacher. Dr. Hojat led the study, which adds to the body of work demonstrating that empathy can be instilled in people and is not fixed.

You can watch the segments of “Dawn” with Dr. Hojat and Jesse Edwards below:

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