Saturday Morning Rounds August 15, 2020 - Why emotional intelligence is important, and how to develop more of it

Posted by BossB, MD on August 15, 2020
BossB, MD

Saturday Morning Rounds

A weekly round-up of career & negotiation content for women physicians

What got our attention

"A Loyola Medicine study demonstrates that an educational curriculum for physicians in training improves their emotional intelligence, which may help protect against burnout.

Before and after completing this educational intervention, doctors took a test measuring their emotional intelligence. There were significant increases in their scores for overall emotional intelligence, stress management and overall wellness."

One of the most helpful skills in any interpersonal engagement, and especially in any negotiation, is emotional intelligence.
When most people hear the term emotional intelligence, they think of someone who has a great ability to understand and empathize with the emotions of others, but that's only half the story. 
The most essential component of emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and modulate one's own emotions.
And according to this paper, it seems that emotional intelligence will do more than help you to achieve external outcomes, it will also improve your internal experience as well!
More on that below in our "tip of the week."

Who we're following 

MS4s are becoming physicians in a time of incredible volatility & uncertainty, & the match/interview process going virtual only adds to that burden.

So, this week on Twitter, we've reached out to and followed a bunch of program directors and #WomenInMedicine leaders to ask their help in answering a quick (<5min) survey that we built to help ease that burden and provide some clarity. 

If you are a program director, please take a few moments to answer, and if you know a program director, please consider forwarding the survey on to them!

BBMD tip of the week

Want to increase your EQ but aren't sure where to start? The single greatest intervention we have for this is also the simplest.
"Labeling," or naming, an emotion as you're experiencing it is a highly impactful way to (a) create some space between yourself and whatever emotion it is you might be experiencing, and then (b) decide whether and how that emotion might serve you in your situation, rather than being hostage to it.
One of the best ways to start this practice is by expanding your emotional vocabulary, but don't wait till you have the perfect word to try labeling! A close approximation is far better than nothing.
Quote we're contemplating
 "When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion." -Dale Carnegie
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Have a wonderful weekend, y'all!