Accumulating evidence suggests that effective communication and interpersonal sensitivity during interactions between doctors and patients impact therapeutic outcomes. There is an important need to identify predictors of these behaviors, because traditional tests used in medical admissions offer limited predictions of "bedside manners" in medical practice. This study examined whether emotional intelligence would predict the performance of 367 medical students in medical school courses on communication and interpersonal sensitivity. One of the dimensions of emotional intelligence, the ability to regulate emotions, predicted performance in courses on communication and interpersonal sensitivity over the next 3 years of medical school, over and above cognitive ability and conscientiousness. Emotional intelligence did not predict performance on courses on medical subject domains. The results suggest that medical schools may better predict who will communicate effectively and show interpersonal sensitivity if they include measures of emotional intelligence in their admission systems.
Emotional intelligence, interpersonal performance, predictive validity, academic performance, medical school
Human Resources Management | Organizational Behavior and Theory
Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
American Psychological Association
LIBBRECHT, Nele; LIEVENS, Filip; and COTE, Stephane.
Emotional intelligence predicts success in medical school. (2014). Emotion. 14, (1), 64-73. Research Collection Lee Kong Chian School Of Business.
Available at: http://ink.library.smu.edu.sg/lkcsb_research/5711
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