Impact of resident well-being and empathy assessments on faculty physicians

Published in Journal of General Internal Medicine, this research studies the influence of residents’ well-being and empathy on their assessment of faculty physicians. The findings showed that a 10-point (of total 140 points) increase in empathy correlated with a 0.063-point (of 5-points) increase in residents’ assessments. No significant associations between assessments and residents’ quality of life, burnout, or depression were found. Overall, this study suggests that the assessment is a trustworthy criterion for promoting clinician-educators. However, the association between residents’ empathy and resident-of-faculty assessments suggests that faculty assessments may be modestly influenced by residents’ intrinsic characteristics.