June 25, 2002
Kenneth Rosenfeld, M.D.
Veterans Integrated Palliative Program
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
11301 Wilshire Blvd.(111G)
Los Angeles, CA 90073
Thank you for the materials you recently forwarded to me concerning the Wit Film Project, your effort to help medical schools nationwide incorporate end-of-life issues into medical student education. As your experience facilitating live performances of Wit in over 32 medical schools in the U.S. and Canada showed, the dramatic arts offers a unique medium to teach medical students in the interpersonal aspects of care. Having seen both Wit in its original theater version and the HBO film adaptation of the play, I agree that it sends a powerful message regarding the personal experience of dying and the role of physicians in caring for dying persons.
Although it is not the custom for the AAMC to formally endorse specific educational projects like the Wit Film Project, I am comfortable conveying that the Wit's focus on end-of-life care and its theme of humanistic caring for patients are consistent with the AAMC's goals for medical school education.
Once again, thank you for keeping us informed about your important work in this area and for offering this important teaching tool for medical schools.Sincerely,
Senior Vice President
Division of Medical Education
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