Living with ‘melanoma’ … for a day: a phenomenological analysis of medical students’ simulated experiences

Date: 
25 Jul 2017
Source: 
British Journal of Dermatology
Audience: 
Patients and public
Type of resource: 
Research

Despite the rising incidence of melanoma, medical students have progressively fewer opportunities to encounter patients with this important condition. Curricula tend to attach the greatest value to intellectual forms of learning. However, compared with intellectual learning, experiential learning affords students deep insights about a condition. Doctors who experience ill health are more empathic towards patients. However, opportunities to learn about cancer experientially are limited. Temporary transfer tattoos can simulate the ill health associated with melanoma. We reasoned that if doctors who have been sick are more empathic temporarily ‘having’ melanoma might have a similar effect.