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The role of empathy in medical students' choice of specialty. Acad Psychiatry 1989 Jun;13(2):96-8



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2-s2.0-0005261564   17 Citations


The role of empathy in medical students' postgraduate training interest was studied. The level of empathy, as measured by the Hogan Empathy Scale, was not found to be a discriminating factor in career selection. Students interested in psychiatry had empathy levels similar to other groups of students. Although empathy has been suggested as a possible discriminating variable among medical school candidates, individuals with high and low empathy scores were found to be interested in every field of practice. Further studies are needed before measurement of empathy is used in the selection process for medical school admission.

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Harsch HH


Harold H. Harsch MD Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin