Does Emotional Intelligence Predict a Good Medical Student?

Emotional_Intelligence  The quick answer is:  No.  Researchers in Ottawa administered a widely-used emotional intelligence test to matriculating students and looked at various educational outcomes.  Not surprisingly, there was no correlation between emotional intelligence and multiple choice test scores.  However, there was also no correlation with observed standardized clinical examination (OSCE) scores, communication sub-scores on the OSCEs, or clinical clerkship scores.  We know that medical students need attributes in addition to intelligence, but it appears that these are hard to measure in a way that is predictive of important outcomes. –Laura Willett, MD

Humphrey-Murto S, Leddy JJ, Wood TJ, Puddester D, Moineau G. Does emotional intelligence at medical school admission predict future academic performance? Acad Med. 2014 Apr;89(4):638-43.

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