Medical students writing letters to their patients: Teaching communication and empathy


  • Ivan Damjanov Department of Pathology The University of Kansas School of Medicine Kansas City,


This Editorial was written as an encomium to DoctorsMrduljaš-Đujić, Pavličević, Marušić and Marušić to acknowledgetheir contributions to medical education inthe article they have authored for this issue of Acta MedicaAcademica (1). However, before I address the key featuresof that article allow me first to describe the problems ofteaching humanism in medical schools, at least the way Isee them.


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Damjanov, I. (2012). Medical students writing letters to their patients: Teaching communication and empathy. Acta Medica Academica, 41(1), 4–6. Retrieved from