Caring, curing, coping and collaboration: an essential recipe for medical education
Medical education focuses too much on science and skill, and not enough on tender, loving care.There is a mismatch between medical education and human values but students need to learn to cure and care. Compassion is essential to healing and can and should be developed in the process of medical education which includes learning to cure, care, collaborate and integrate.
The title for this paper is taken from the chapter Learning to do medicine in a book called Remodelling Medicine, which begins with the words, ‘There is something wrong with the way we do medicine…in the UK’.1 Does this mean that there is something wrong with the way we educate doctors? Or something wrong with the model of medicine we educate them for? Well, ‘yes and no’ to the first question, and definitely ‘yes’ to the second. The more fundamental questions are, ‘What are the goals of medicine’?; and its obvious corollary, ‘What are the goals of medical education?’ I wonder how thoroughly they are explored in the under- graduate curriculum.