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Academic Medicine Podcast

Feb 25, 2019

"Yet, it felt to me like no amount of training would fully take away the difficulty of this conversation, the hollow feeling of negotiating the course of the final days of a human life. … As a future provider, I hope to have the courage to face these inevitable conflicts in values head-on, using the right dose of empathy to understand the perspective of the family when a loved one is dying." Medical student Arifeen Rahman remembers a family meeting that taught her about the importance of empathy and clear communication between patients, their families, and the care team. Her essay was published in the Teaching and Learning Moments column in the February 2019 issue of Academic Medicine. Read her essay at