Rehearsals for Empathy

Koski Kaisu

Rehearsals for Empathy demonstrates concepts and exercises used in clinical empathy education. The film introduces us to methods such as “Rainman exercise” and “bird's eye view”, through which medical students learn about emotional alignment with the patient. The film brings to surface questions about how the patient should be encountered in times of suffering, and what the role of a modern physician might be. Should the physician “feel” what the patient is feeling, or rather stay detached to be able to function without emotional overwhelm? How to help medical students to be more attuned to what the patient is going through, while following clinical protocols under time pressure? The film is based on clinical teacher interviews at the Section of General Practice in Copenhagen medical school.

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Rehearsals for Empathy
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Finland,United Kingdom,Denmark
Kaisu Koski (Author), Kaisu Koski (Cinematographer), Lea Jurida (Composer), Kaisu Koski (Director), Kaisu Koski (Producer), Kaisu Koski (Script), Kaisu Koski (Editor), Suomen akatemia (Funder), Tampereen yliopisto (Funder), Sheffield Hallam University (Funder), Lea Jurida (Sound Design)
Kaisu Koski is an artist-researcher with background in media art and performance. She earned her doctoral degree with a dissertation "Augmenting Theatre” on interactive performances and installations in 2007 in the University of Lapland. Koski is an Adjunct Professor of Arts-based Research in Tampere University, Finland. She collaborates with scientists, clinicians and engineers, and currently carries out a project developing films for medical curricula. Koski’s work has been exhibited in platforms such as Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Hasselt Triennial, The Lab in San Francisco and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Korea, and received multiple official selections on the film festival circuit.