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A Piece of My Mind
September 5, 2001

Crying in the Curriculum

JAMA. 2001;286(9):1017-1018. doi:10.1001/jama.286.9.1017

Medical students worry about crying. They worry about losing control in front of patients, their peers, and the health care team, yet physicians rarely discuss crying. When they do cry, physicians risk being considered unprofessional, weak, or emotionally unstable.1,2 In truth, however, crying may be an expression of empathy and compassion desired in medical students and in physicians.