Popcorn moments: Feminist principles in family medicine education

Mary E. Dankoski, Shobha Pais, Kathleen A. Zoppi, Jennifer S. Kramer

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Feminist principles are rare in medical education and in the practice of medicine. The authors are feminist family therapists and feminist health communication scholars who are faculty in a department of family medicine. In this paper, they present their use of a feminist perspective and feminist methods in their teaching of family physicians in training. The use of a live supervision practicum, imported from marriage and family therapy training, is described as an example of how feminist family therapists can bring a much-needed but rarely taught perspective to medical education. This perspective represents a paradigm shift away from the traditional model in medicine, one that is based on objectivity and separateness, to a more empathic and connected stance which shifts power in the physician-patient relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-73
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Feminist Family Therapy
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - May 11 2004


  • Doctor-patient relationship
  • Family medicine
  • Feminism
  • Feminist family therapy
  • Feminist pedagogy
  • Health communication
  • Medical education
  • Medical family therapy
  • Medical family therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Applied Psychology

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