ZYGO 1: Compassionate Healthcare: A Symbiotic (polymathic) Imperative in the Future of Medicine

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Wednesday January 25 5p
Friday, January 27, 2017
When: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Harman Academy, DML 241
Friday, January 27, 2017 - 12:30

ZYGO [zygo /ˈzʌɪgəʊ, ˈzɪgəʊ / pref. relating to union or joining]                                                                                                                                                                                                      

For our spring 2017 opening session of our ZYGO series, we will be exploring the imperative of integrating compassion with health care. 

Compassion is defined as “relieving one’s suffering.” Most people would agree that we should be compassionate in all aspects of our lives, especially in medicine. In fact, The Hippocratic Oath requires a new physician to ensure that their patient suffers no harm or damage. However, studies show there has been a rapid decline in compassion in medical school students and physicians. Research from the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education highlights statistical declines in compassion. The research shows compassionate physicians are more satisfied with their careers and for longer periods of time. Moreover, from an economic perspective, patients respond to compassionate physicians better and are less likely to involve them in malpractice suits. Our panelists will discuss the importance of the polymathic practice of bringing compassion together with healthcare.


ZYGO is a joint program of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study and the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.  The series is organized by USC students in health and medicine who seek dialogue with USC faculty across disciplines in order to increase the integration of ethical themes into their curriculum.