With so much focus on education, residency, fellowship, data, and knowledge, it can be easy for physicians to overlook some of the finer points of medicine. Patient health and well-being is the number one priority – and your training as an anesthesiologist should give you every tool you need to ensure your patients are well cared for. But is there something you may have overlooked? Emotional intelligence – or the ability to perceive, control, and evaluate emotions – can not only improve your interactions with patients, but allow you to develop a deeper understanding of their emotions. With strong, fine-tuned emotional intelligence, your skills will be greater than ever.

“When we look at where the future of anesthesiology is going, we need to focus on the experience of our patients and how to make that experience optimal, in addition...

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