The Empathy Switch: A Radio Documentary about Third Year in Medical School

Prapti Chatterjee, a second-year medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, produced a radio documentary about life as a third-year medical student as part of her work in the Academy for Medicine and Humanities.

 – March 11, 2014  –– 

'The Empathy Switch' is a radio documentary about the difficult transition students make in the third year of medical school as they shift their focus from preclinical, textbook-oriented learning to the more hands-on kind of learning required in their clinical years. This radio documentary features interviews with students and medical education experts at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. It explores whether the less traditional path to medical school, exemplified by Sinai's HuMed (now FlexMed) program, can reverse the much-talked-about trend of declining empathy and increasing burn-out in America's medical school graduates. 'The Empathy Switch' also highlights the fresh and objective voice of lauded author and physician Dr. Danielle Ofri, author of What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine. Learn more.