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Comment & Response
January 7, 2020

Enhancing Compassion in Medical Students

Author Affiliations
  • 1Pediatric Genetics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA. 2020;323(1):91. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.18141

To the Editor In an Arts and Medicine article,1 Dr Ratzan was skeptical of the depersonalization of the premedical process and its resultant effects on physician compassion. However, reforms should not come at the expense of undergraduate training in the natural sciences. Many of the virtues of the humanities that he and Thomas2 extolled are just as evident in scientific fields, calling into question the proposal that medical school applicants must major in the humanities.