In medicine, understanding verbal and nonverbal cues and effectively communicating with peers, colleagues, and patients are invaluable skills. It is an art form for some and a learned skillset for others. No matter how much, or little, effort is required to develop your emotional intelligence (EI), it is vital for all practitioners to learn self-reflection and continuously strive to improve. This journey can be started as an individual practitioner at any career stage or as a medical learner with a mentored plan. These actions translate into the bigger picture as a reflection of an organization's emotional quotient (EQ) and make a significant contribution to its well-being.

As human beings, one of the greatest challenges we face is learning effective communication. The skills that enable us to effectively talk to and interact with one another are not always innate. Adequate communication does not only apply to our work life but to...

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