Establishing empathy for a patient can be tough for doctors under increasing time pressure. Yet empathy - being able to see the world as the patient does - can benefit both the patient and the doctor, says Louise Prince, MD, an emergency physician at Upstate. She explores the difference between sympathy and empathy and discusses research showing that an empathetic doctor can help patients feel trust and follow instructions and give the doctor a feeling of well-being and job satisfaction. Medical schools are beginning to stress empathy, says Prince, who offers some ways to build empathy.
Syracuse Police Chief Frank Fowler and SWAT Commander Lieutenant Dan Belgrader presented Upstate University Hospital Emergency Medicine Instructor and Fellow W. Seth Dukes, MD, with a service award acknowledging his commitment and dedication to the Syracuse Police Department¿s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team Tuesday, July 26.