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Comment & Response
July 10, 2018

Importance of Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence for Physicians—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia
JAMA. 2018;320(2):205-206. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.6290

In Reply In the 21st century, medicine will focus on changing the behaviors of chronically ill patients and working effectively in clinical teams. The attributes necessary to succeed are not technical skills but compassion and empathy. Yet medicine continues to emphasize IQ and minimize EQ.

One clear way to correct this is to increase the value of EQ in medical school admissions. We agree with Ms Kantor and Dr Kantor’s claim that “embracing diversity in the medical student body, including diversity of EQ and IQ levels…may be of substantial value.”