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 howfeminist 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)
Title of host publicationFeminist Perspectives in Medical Family Therapy
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781317786924
ISBN (Print)9780789025463
StatePublished - Jan 2 2014
Externally publishedYes


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Dankoski, M. E., Pais, S., Zoppi, K. A., & Kramer, J. S. (2014). Popcorn moments: Feminist principles in family medicine education. In Feminist Perspectives in Medical Family Therapy (pp. 55-74). Taylor and Francis Inc..