Lauren Gambill, ‘Doctors grieve too: A lesson I did not learn in medical school’,, (JANUARY 14, 2016).

Hidden curriculum of medicine

The hidden curriculum of medicine teaches us to distance ourselves and create protective boundaries. Feeling and displaying too much emotion is not only regarded as unprofessional; it is a sign of weakness. (…) This attitude is unrealistic and harmful. (…) Physicians often experience feelings of guilt, powerlessness, self-doubt, isolation, failure, worthlessness, and despair after the death of a patient. Left unaddressed, these feelings can lead to increased distraction, medical errors and burnout.