How is it best to cope with situations in medical training that bring back bad memories?

I have a a friend who has had painful experiences with illness and death in her family. Obviously there are times where she struggles with sad memories as she is learning various parts of medicine. How is it best to deal with this sort of situation?

Authored By Jeremy Walker on Friday 19th October 2012

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Susan Barton
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Posted about 8 years ago

Doctors are human beings. Sooner or later we will have personal experience of many of the life events that cause our patients grief. You have to separate the personal from the professional. If your own issues are interfering with your ability to do you

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wisal gameel
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Posted about 8 years ago

grief is a normal human response to life loss or sufferings, so doctors-being human shoud expect to experience these feelings as well as anyone else.dealing with a situation similar to a personal sad experience will certainly hurt,but a doctor is expe

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Lize De Klerk
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Posted almost 8 years ago

to add to the nice examples above-:

I borrow from a French philosopher who proposes, as a general rule, the setting aside of ‘a room, just for ourselves, at the back of the shop, keeping it entirely free and establishing there our [...] pri

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Amy Fowler
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Posted almost 8 years ago

I've been in a similar situation myself; experiencing things first hand and then seeing a family/individual in a similar situation or even just studying topics which are close to home. It is very hard and can bring back a lot of emotional trauma. A

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Dr Syed Shakeel Ahmad
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Posted almost 8 years ago

Well this is natural during the formative years and the basis for developing empathy!

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