What is the average IQ of a doctor?

An interesting study published by the University of Wisconsin suggests that doctors (Medical Doctors or similar) have the highest IQ on average. Many of you will not be surprised. Yeah, they deal with your health anyway, how could they do it if they are dumb? Some of you might even stop seeing your doctor if you find out their IQ is lame.

However, I would further add that, having a high IQ does NOT make good doctors. Being a good doctor requires more than just book smarts. Understanding basic science and pathology requires you to be smart. Facing death and the sickness of others requires immense mental strength and compassion.
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average iq of doctors

Many years of hardcore knowledge and continuously working under stress, communicating with so many people everyday are factors that ensure (mostly) only the best people can stand. From personal experience I can roughly guess that more than 75% of medical doctors will score about 120-125 on the enhanced IQ tests.

The number might stagger with other medical staff like nurses or physician, but in general they all can score above 85, and the top doctors can score more than 105.

But do not forget EQ, another important factor that contribute greatly in one’s success. A higher EQ is beneficial for doctors too. A patient is more likely to trust their physician and disclose information if they know their thoughts and ideas will be respected.

Even though medical knowledge is growing exponentially and as physicians, we will continually learn medicine, we must not neglect our emotional education either. Doctors treat patients, not diseases, and their skills in emotional handling can help them succeed even more than IQ.

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