June 2017 What I’m Thinking About…

Empathy decline in medical school: Should we care and if so how?

Ian Scott MD, Director, Center for Health Education Scholarship
Kimberly A. Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D., Director, Human Early Learning Partnership

Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

  • formal presentations and discussion from 12:00pm – 1:00pm, ongoing moderated discussion 1:00pm – 1:30pm
  • feel free to bring a bagged lunch


  • LSC 1312 (host venue)
  • DHCC 2263
  • MSB 131
  • RJH CA 011
  • KGH CAC 237
  • NHSC 9-374

Remote Attendance Options:


The speakers will explore the nature of empathy, the literature on empathy decline during medical training and how to support empathy in learners.


The bulk of the session will be engaging the audience in three questions:

  • If we want to understand empathy in our trainees further…what should we be doing, focusing on?
  • If we want to help our trainees maintain empathy during the clinical years what should we be focusing on?
  • How can we help support the field in understanding empathy in the realm of Health Professions Education?


The University of British Columbia Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) to provide study credits for continuing medical education for physicians. This course has been reviewed and approved by the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development. This Group Learning course meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by UBC CPD for up to 1.0 Mainpro+ credits. This course is an Accredited Group Learning Activity eligible for up to 1.0 MOC Section 1 credits as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Each physician should claim only those credits he/she actually spent in the activity.

Accredited by UBC CPD