We all want our doctors to be sharp as a tack, laser accurate, and confident enough to trust themselves with our lives. But we also want them to be kind, caring, and able to understand and relate to our fears. Is that too much to expect? We presume that most physicians chose their profession because they want to help others, but if bedside manner isn’t their strong suit, can they learn empathy? We join some med students as they train to be both competent and compassionate.