February 11, 2009

Emotional Intelligence Training and Evaluation in Physicians

JAMA. 2009;301(6):600-601. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.81

To the Editor: In their Commentary, Drs Grewal and Davidson1 pointed out a lack of operational definitions in the field of medical education, particularly within the competency framework,2 and proposed the emotional intelligence (EI) model as a useful theory to fill this lack. As suggested by the authors, an EI framework may improve understanding of the factors that underlie the acquisition of effective interpersonal and communication competencies, such as “the ability to perceive, use, understand, and manage emotions in self and others.”1

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