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Emotional intelligence among medical students: a mixed methods study from Chennai, India

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Education, May 2018
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Emotional intelligence among medical students: a mixed methods study from Chennai, India
Published in
BMC Medical Education, May 2018
DOI 10.1186/s12909-018-1213-3
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Subashini Sundararajan, Vijayaprasad Gopichandran


Emotional Intelligence is the ability of a person to understand and respond to one's own and others' emotions and use this understanding to guide one's thoughts and actions. To assess the level of emotional intelligence of medical students in a medical college in Chennai and to explore their understanding of the role of emotions in medical practice. A quantitative, cross sectional, questionnaire based, survey was conducted among 207 medical students in a college in Chennai, India using the Quick Emotional Intelligence Self Assessment Test and some hypothetical emotional clinical vignettes. This was followed by a qualitative moderated fish-bowl discussion to elicit the opinion of medical students on role of emotions in the practice of medicine. The mean score of Emotional Intelligence was 107.58 (SD 16.44) out of a maximum possible score of 160. Students who went to government schools for high school education had greater emotional intelligence than students from private schools (p = 0.044) and women were more emotionally intelligent in their response to emotional vignettes than men (p = 0.056). The fish bowl discussion highlighted several positive and negative impacts of emotions in clinical care. The students concluded at the end of the discussion that emotions are inevitable in the practice of medicine and a good physician should know how to handle them. Medical students, both men and women, had good level of emotional intelligence in the college that was studied. Students from collectivist social settings like government high schools have better emotional intelligence, which may indicate that a collectivist, community oriented medical education can serve the same purpose. Though students have diverse opinions on the role of emotions in clinical care, cognitive reflection exercises can help them understand its importance.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 56 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 12 21%
Student > Master 9 16%
Researcher 7 13%
Student > Postgraduate 5 9%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 7%
Other 13 23%
Unknown 6 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 23 41%
Psychology 9 16%
Social Sciences 4 7%
Unspecified 3 5%
Nursing and Health Professions 2 4%
Other 3 5%
Unknown 12 21%

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