Dialogue Volume 14 Issue 3 2018 - Page 22

PRACTICE PARTNER plain about their care, what’s often at the root, writes Dr. Goldman, is a feeling that others have no idea about, Over time in and little interest in what it’s practising like to be like them. medicine, is some Over time in practising medicine, is some loss of loss of empathy empathy an occupational haz- an occupational ard? Dr. Goldman says it can hazard? Dr. Goldman be. When you see the same situations and have the same says it can be. conversations thousands of times, it’s possible to become somewhat detached. That should be a warning sign, not only about your capacity for compassion but about your effectiveness. “I use empathy to get on the same page with the patient,” says Dr. Goldman. “If I can’t fit