Paging Dr. Welby: Future doctors need emotional intelligence skills

As healthcare transforms itself, so must medical education. It’s not enough for medical schools simply to push for expanded enrollment. We need to provide the keys for transformation: students ready for teamwork, creativity, negotiation, communication. Those skills will build the future.

That’s why we started a program that turns traditional med school priorities upside down — a program that says prospective students need empathy and emotional intelligence skills, not just high MCATs and biochemistry GPAs. A program that reflects the need for a new kind of doctor — the kind who can help lead the transformation that health care so badly needs; the kind who knows it’s time to try something different.

This is my guest post on the Wing of Zock blog of the Association of American Medical Colleges. You can read more here.

Some of our faculty doctors are role models for teaching empathy. Here’s Dr. Theresa Zesiewicz talking with one of her patients.