“Medical students who are significantly engaged in the arts during their spare time, either as an active or passive participant, tend to have higher levels of empathy, emotional intelligence, tolerance of ambiguity and other traits considered positive in a doctor, according to a study published earlier this year in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Those students also tend to have lower levels of the kinds of negative traits associated with burnout, such as physical fatigue, emotional exhaustion and cognitive weariness, the study also found.”