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Response to: The need for incorporating emotional intelligence and mindfulness training in modern medical education
  1. James Ashcroft1,2,
  2. Darshan Patel1,
  3. Tanaraj Perinpanathan1
  1. 1 Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2 West Middlesex University Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr James Ashcroft, West Middlesex University Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Isleworth, London SW10 9NH, UK; james.ashcroft17{at}

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We thank Shakir, Recor, Sheehan and Reynolds for their interesting article exploring mindfulness and emotional intelligence (EI) within the medical field.1 As current and recently graduated medical students, there are several insights we would like to share, as we have recently been exposed to the modern medical school curriculum.

We have found that early immersion of clinical experience is already heavily prominent throughout the current modern medical school curriculum. UK medical schools have now evolved to employ highly trained actors as simulated patients within the first years to incorporate a largely undirected patient experience which is unpredictable and can lead to awkward and aggressive situations with the option to pause the interaction at any moment. Not only does this allow the student to develop their communication and handling of patients in a variety of scenarios, it allows the student to pause and reflect on their EI in each scenario.

The medical school curriculum then shifts towards clinical experience …

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  • Contributors JA as first author drafted, provided critical revision and provided final approval of the article for submission. DP and TP provided intellectual contribution to the submission and contributed equally.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Correction notice This article has been corrected since it was published Online First. The article type has been changed from Editorial to a Letter.

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