Living with ‘melanoma'…for a day: a phenomenological analysis of medical students’ simulated experiences
The British journal of dermatology | 24 Feb 2017
M Corr, G Roulston, N King, T Dornan, C Blease and GJ Gormley
Despite the rising incidence of melanoma, medical students have progressively fewer opportunities to encounter patients with this important condition. Curricula tend to attach the greatest value to intellectual forms of learning. Compared to intellectual learning, however, experiential learning affords students deep insights about a condition. Doctors who experience ill health are more empathic towards patients. However opportunities to learn about cancer experientially are limited. Temporary transfer tattoos can simulate the ill health associated with melanoma. We reasoned that, if doctors who have been sick are more empathic, temporarily ‘having’ melanoma might have a similar effect.
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