The Relationship Between Surgeon Faculty Emotional Intelligence and Medical Student Evaluations

Holly B. Weis, Joshua J. Weis, Olivia Dorsey, Rebecca H. Napier, Rachel D Wooldridge, Rohit Sharma, Aimee K. Gardner, Herbert J. Zeh, Kareem R. AbdelFattah

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Objective: We sought to measure the emotional intelligence (EI) of surgical faculty and the relationship between faculty EI and medical student (MS) evaluations of faculty. Design: Faculty completed the Emotional Intelligence Appraisal. Aggregate, anonymous MS evaluations were collected from the Program Director's office. Parametric and nonparametric tests were used for analysis. Setting: This study was first performed in a single surgical division at 1 center which informed an expanded study including the entire General Surgery Department at a single academic institution. Participants: A pilot study was conducted in 1 surgical division which was then expanded to all clinical faculty in the Department of Surgery. All clinical faculty in the Department of Surgery were eligible for enrollment. Results: Pilot study faculty EI scores were positively correlated with MS evaluations (r = 0.92, p < 0.001). The follow-up study enrolled 41 surgeons with a median age of 48 (inter-quartile range 12). The sample was mostly white (70.7%). Mean EI for the group was 76 (standard deviation ± 7.8). Total faculty EI scores were not significantly correlated with MS evaluations (r = 0.30, p = 0.06). Conclusions: MS evaluations of surgeon faculty were not related to EI in the larger sample. However, EI did correlate to MS evaluations in 2 surgical specialties. Further exploration into the utility of EI training in surgical departments should be conducted to determine the true value of such endeavors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)604-611
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021


  • Clinical rotations
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Medical student education
  • Surgery clerkship
  • Surgery rotation
  • Surgical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education


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