Anatomy, biochemistry and leadership: Why medical schools are spending more time on 'soft skills'

Although leadership and collaboration are some of the most important skills for physicians, they are rarely emphasized in formal medical education, which is what educators such as Rajesh S. Mangrulkar, MD, are trying to fix, according to AMA Wire.

Dr. Mangulkar, associate dean for medical student education at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, believes that introducing leadership principals to medical students early in their education will encourage them to reflect on these ideas individually during the rest of their schooling. 

Michigan uses one-on-one coaching and panels to encourage these skills, which Dr. Mangulkar believes are essential for physicians.

"Leadership is for everyone who graduates," Dr. Mangrulkar. "Everyone can have those capabilities. We are not talking about titles and roles. We are talking about a way of being with other people and a way of enacting change. I think that's what we want for every physician graduate in this country."

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