…is a question you don’t hear much at the doctor anymore. That’s because the royal “we,” eyes averted, is no longer standard practice in medicine. It’s all about EYE CONTACT, saying “HELLO,” talking about serious, real things, being honest about bad news, but compassionate. I know this because I recently had a miscarriage and every single person at the doctor’s office was obviously trained to deal with this situation in a compassionate but professional way (their responses were similar enough that it couldn’t have just been natural empathy). As I got response after response from undergrads convinced their professors “hated” them (and thus they felt justified in excoriating them in evaluations, just to get some attention), I realized: if doctors can learn bedside manner, why can fake doctors (WHICH I SAY IN JEST, as a nod to my previous “Instructor Staff” piece) not learn social skills?
This is what I explore today in Slate.