We had a full house as New York Times acclaimed author Leslie Jamison visited St George's, University of London to discuss her new book and work as an actor teaching medical students empathy.
Leslie visited St George's on the back of a tour of her new book The Empathy Exams, which has received high praise both in the US and the UK. The book has been described as "A heady and unsparing examination of pain and how it allows us to understand others, and ourselves" and Leslie demonstrated her shrewd critical perspective as she discussed the importance of engendering empathy in future healthcare professionals.
Staff, students and members of the public got involved with the debate which was enhanced by readings from the essay collection.
Staying to sign books after the event, Leslie also asked attendees to sign her own copy as a momento of her short visit to the UK. Feedback has been very positive, with attendees emphasising the "insightful" and fresh approach to communication and healthcare. Leslie also described her joy at being part of the exciting and innovative event program that we have established at St George's.