Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    Hi,

    Do you get taught how to deal with death of a patient or do you have to deal with it your own way?

    James
    • TSR Support Team
    Offline

    19
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    Do you get taught how to deal with death of a patient or do you have to deal with it your own way?

    James
    I don't think we've had any formal teaching.
    Offline

    16
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by jameshburton)
    Hi,

    Do you get taught how to deal with death of a patient or do you have to deal with it your own way?

    James
    We haven't been taught how to deal with it in the past five years of my course.

    There is a bit of emphasis on breaking bad news to patients including the death of a relative - this mainly (and rightly) concentrates on the emotions of the family member.

    I have dealt with deaths of patients as a student on placement and usually the team are very supportive. I am not aware of any guidance from my medical school itself though.

    I'm not sure how much can be taught though. Each person deals with death differently, and I think some deaths hit you harder than others based on personal attitudes and experiences. I guess the important thing thing is your own coping mechanisms - which aren't emphasised by my medical school either and to be honest I don't think many people would pay attention to them on the basis of such teaching being 'wishy washy.' Maybe it's just something you learn through experience?
    Offline

    20
    ReputationRep:
    You don't get taught it as such. You just... get used to it.

    It sounds harsh but when your 20th elderly patient dies its just not that big a deal any more (for you - obviously you show lots of sympathy to the family).

    Young patients dying is different. edit: so are the very unexpected, or people you've known for more than a couple days.
    Offline

    13
    ReputationRep:
    I think it depends what you mean by "taught". I certainly don't recall any lectures about dealing with death, although I don't know how helpful they would have been even had they existed. It is something you learn gradually as part of your medical training, though. A lot of the things that are learned in medicine are through experience as much as a series of PowerPoint slides.
 
 
 
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Did TEF Bronze Award affect your UCAS choices?
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Quick reply
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.