PC Silliness in Med School
"As the school told it, Hillebrand's doctor in New York called her late one night and told her she had mesothelioma. He said there was no treatment and no cure. Then he hung up."
Ultimately, both she and her brother died of this disease and a grant to MCO was made in her name. To me, this is the essense of political correctness. While certainly I don't deny what a wonderful thing a donation like this is, I think the problem to be addressed with it will never be solved with a program like this. You can't teach how to be a human being. I feel the same way about the teaching of ethics in business school and law school.
Medical students are for the most part, fully formed humans. They are adults (averaging around 22+ years of age. They bring certain values to their training. If a student's values are poor, if he doesn't have basic, human empathy, if he can't feel his patient's pain as manifested by the behavior of Ruth Hillebrand's physician, there is truly no hope for that student.
All the sensitivity training in the world won't make a bit of difference. If a statement such as the following makes no impact on a medical student, the rest is just window dressing:
"Almighty God...Preserve the strength of my body and of my soul that they ever be ready cheerfully to help and support rich and poor, good and bad, enemy as well as friend. In the sufferer let me see only the human being."
(A Jewish Prayer for the Physician)