The Empathy Project
During the slideshow, click on the gray 'i' on the upper right of the page for a link to hear that persons 'story'.
It has been evident to me for some time that doctors are good at talking to patients about their symptoms and diseases, but they most often don't have time to really learn who their patients are as people. People with ups and downs and interesting life events just like doctors have. The fact that they do, and that part of the joy of any healthcare worker's job can be to take the time to learn about their patients as people, is what The Empathy Project is all about.
I decided that at the end of a patient's office visit with me, I would ask them if I could take their portrait and interview them in order to record their 'story'. I then edited the audio down to about 2-3 minutes to accompany their portrait. What you see (and hear - their audio interview is included) is the result of those few minutes at the end of their office visits. It doesn't take much time, and there is so much to be learned!
Why is this titled the Empathy Project? Empathy is defined as "the ability to understand and share the feelings of another, with the desire to help" - so it seemed like the perfect description of what I had in mind.