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The Amygdala and the Stethoscope: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine (Berkowitz Humanism in Medicine Lecture
Date: 5/19/2014
Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Connelly Auditorium
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    Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, D.Litt (Hon), FACP
    Associate Professor of Medicine, New York University School of Medicine
    Editor-in-Chief, Bellevue Literary Review
    Author of “What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine”


    Despite our commitment to the scientific method, doctors are not nearly as rational and evidence-based as we tell ourselves that we are. Emotions permeate our clinical decision-making, whether we choose to acknowledge this or not. The presentation examines how emotions affect doctors and the medical care they are able to give their patients.

    CME Objectives: At the end of this lecture participants should be better able to:

    1. Understand how emotions influence doctors’ behavior.
    2. Discuss how physician emotions impact the delivery of medical care.
    3. Recognize situations in which their own emotions might have a negative—or a positive—impact on their patients.