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Study Finds Med Students Who Make Time for Art Have More Empathy

 

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Casey Lesser, Artsy

A new study published today, conducted across five universities in the United States, has confirmed that medical students with greater exposure to the arts and humanities tend to have significantly better empathy, emotional intelligence, and wisdom—and they are less likely to develop symptoms of burnout. The findings could affect not only medical school curricula, but also admissions and recruitment, and professional development among practicing doctors.

This research, published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, comes at a time when it has become more common for medical schools to offer arts and humanities courses—from required workshops to electives and seminars in subjects like writing, painting, dance, and jazz. These programs are designed to foster well-rounded physicians with good observational skills and bedside manner, and to counter the depression and burnout that many in the profession experience. full article