Pathos Project

About Us

Founded by medical students and physicians, the Pathos Project stems from deep concern over the depersonalization of medical care. Compassion, empathy and attention to the suffering patient is a glaring hole in many clinical interactions. Clinical competence is necessary but not sufficient. These failures are a combination of systemic problems as well as deficiencies in medical training.

Mission and Vision

The primary objective of the Pathos Project is to promote personalism in medicine, with a specific emphasis on the nature of the doctor-patient relationship.


The Pathos Project is a non-profit (501(c)3) action-tank that develops educational and clinical solutions to promote a relational ethos and culture of interpersonalism in medicine.


A response to the deterioration of personalism in healthcare, the Pathos Project recognizes that medicine is fundamentally a human enterprise with science and technology serving as tools. Pathos, being both Greek for suffering and the emotive response to suffering, converges the object and action of medicine and its doctor-patient relationship. Through consciousness of suffering and its contextual interpersonal dynamics, specifically individuality of the patient and affectivity of the caregiver, the word Pathos attempts to capture the logos of our project.


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