On Triggering and Being Triggered: Civil Society and Building Brave Spaces in Medical Education.
Teaching and Learning in Medicine
ISSUE: How educators should respond to student reports of intense emotional reactions to curricular content-i.e., being triggered-invites intense debate. There are claims of insensitivity on one side and calls to "toughen up" on the other. These polemics aside, such instances sometimes represent a true dilemma, particularly within medical education where engaging highly sensitive content is essential to future patient care and where managing one's own emotions is a core competency. Parsing this convoluted and emotional debate into these domains illustrates how medical educators can simultaneously legitimize the lived experiences of students, engage in honest dialogue, and maintain a shared commitment to education.
Wasserman JA, Browne BJ. On Triggering and Being Triggered: Civil Society and Building Brave Spaces in Medical Education. Teach Learn Med. 2021 Feb 26:1-7. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2021.1887740. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33632036.