• We Are Here: Communicate CARE

    This blog entry is a little different – it is a video blog! Below you’ll find a short description of the video from Phoenix Fellow Dr. Kerry Boyd and then a link to the video. The work described is an integral part of Dr. Boyd’s AMS Phoenix Work at Bethesda. In this video, people with…


  • Part One: Re-considering compassion— history informs the present, contests the past and shapes the future 

    Recalling the Meaning of Compassion in Nursing History informs the present, and helps us contest the past. The concept of caring in nursing has significant historical roots. In this blog we look back to our most recent past to shed light on the present. In Canada, in contemporary nursing, our understanding of compassion emerges from…


  • Toward Critical Consciousness: Moving Beyond a “Checkbox” for Compassionate Care

    In our previous blog post, we argued that the evidence-based medicine (EBM) movement has pervasively influenced health care education and practice. This focus on EBM has led to the prioritization of competency-based education and outcome measurement, at times at the expense of more humanistic approaches. While the EBM movement has led to many advances in…


  • How Do I Stay Human In Medicine?

    “Research suggests that medical student empathy erodes during undergraduate medical education” – Rosenthal et al., 2011 This past summer, I spent three months studying the hidden curriculum (which, for those of you who have yet to encounter it, is seminally defined as “a set of influences that function at the level of organizational structure and culture”…


  • Where Is The Hope For The Man Of Steel?

    “In the 2013 film Man of Steel, when asked by Lois Lane what the “S” stands for, Superman states that it is not an “S”, but rather the Kryptonian symbol for hope”. But whose hope? In clinical settings, such as surgery, the commonly held assumption is that conversations around hope are only related to the…


  • Restoring Compassion in Care by Restoring Humility in Science

    Michael, a 17- year old struggling with acne, visits his family doctor’s office. This is a return visit, after trying various medications without success. He has noticed, for some time now, that his condition worsens when he eats fast food and dairy products. Today, feeling especially frustrated, he decides to share his observation with his…