Enhancement of doctors’ emotional intelligence can protect against burnout Date: September 21, 2018 Source: Hughes Loyola University Health System Summary: General practitioners’ training program enhances emotional intelligence that can protect against burnout, according to a new study. The Loyola Medicine study shows that a junior physician training program improves their emotional intelligence, which can help protect them from burnout. Emotional intelligence training “can improve stress management skills, improve well-being and prevent burnout among physicians,” the researchers write. “Improving the emotional intelligence of doctors can protect them from burnout. ScienceDaily. “Our Emotional Intelligence curriculum can serve as a prototype for other specialized medical curricula that are developing their own approaches to promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing burnout among their students,” the researchers write. The Loyola study involved 20 pediatricians and 11 Loyola residents who studied 133 emotional intelligence points before and after training. Encouraging emotional intelligence among doctors can protect against exhaustion. Promoting the wellbeing and stress management of residents through emotional intelligence training. Integrating emotional intelligence training into medical schools can also be useful, the authors write. People with high emotional intelligence have more effective stress management strategies, which makes them more resilient and able to cope with stress. In the field of general emotional intelligence, stress management and general well-being, there is a significant increase in their scores. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and understand emotions in oneself and in others and to use this awareness to manage behavior and relationships. Before and after this educational intervention, doctors conducted a test to measure their emotional intelligence. Dr. Adams is Associate Professor of Medical Education and Health Sciences at the University of Loyola, School of Medicine, Chicago Stritch.