Title

A tear in the universe : a play in four acts.

Date of Award

5-1-2014

Document Type

Thesis

School

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies

Degree Name

Master of Medical Humanities

Abstract

'A Tear in the Universe,' an original play in four acts, captures and portrays the manner by which medical students' process the trials and tribulations they experience during their final years in medical school with particular emphasis on their interactions with patients. Some believe that empathy is innate, one either is an empathic human being or is not. Others believe that those who are born with the capacity to behave empathically may lose the ability as they deal with life challenges and circumstances. Some contend that those who are not intuitively empathic communicators can be taught to be and still others assert that true empathy cannot be taught although behaviors that look empathic can be learned-- Excerpt from introduction.