'This trainee makes me feel angry': It's time to validate the reality and role of trainer emotions.
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Hofmann, R., & Darnton, R. (2022). 'This trainee makes me feel angry': It's time to validate the reality and role of trainer emotions.. Med Educ https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14722
It is widely accepted that being a doctor involves a range of skills and modalities beyond the purely rational, including the emotional. Even in the diagnostic process itself, clinician gut feelings (‘an uneasy feeling about a possible adverse outcome even though specific indications are lacking’) have proven valuable. Gingerich et al.'s work on supervisors’ reactions to failing trainees sends a clear message that recognising a failing trainee also has a strong emotional component. While burdensome, these affective reactions may provide an important signal. Much has been written about the emotional burden of caring for patients and, more recently, the emotional welfare of those learning medicine. The unique focus of this paper, the emotional burden of training learners, resonated with our context: in the UK around 50% of clinical supervisors say their work is highly emotionally exhausting.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/medu.14722
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/333276