Medical speciality choice: does personality matter?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559068
Title:
Medical speciality choice: does personality matter?
Authors:
Lydon, S; O'Connor, P; McVeigh, T; Offiah, C; Byrne, D
Citation:
Medical speciality choice: does personality matter? 2015, 108 (3):75-8 Ir Med J
Publisher:
Irish Medical Journal
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
Mar-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/559068
PubMed ID:
25876298
Abstract:
There has been increasing interest in the personalities of doctors. This study examined whether personality differed based upon gender, level of training or medical speciality among 200 physicians and 134 medical students. Post-internship doctors scored significantly higher on conscientiousness (p = .001) than those pursuing basic medical training. Among those pursuing basic medical training, females scored significantly higher than males on agreeableness (p < .001) and conscientiousness (p = .001). Among post-internship respondents, females scored significantly higher on agreeableness (p = .004). There were no personality differences between post-internship doctors working in different specialities. However, among those pursuing basic medical training, those interested in person-focused medical specialities scored significantly higher on extraversion (p < .001), conscientiousness (p = .001), and lower on neuroticism (p = .01) than those who had no strong preference. These results suggest that there is no unique personality profile associated with medical practice, or medical speciality. Instead, it appears that medical school may shape personality.
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Keywords:
DOCTORS; CAREER CHOICE
Local subject classification:
PERSONALITY
MeSH:
Career Choice; Female; Humans; Individuality; Male; Personality; Personality Assessment; Physicians; Schools, Medical; Sex Factors; Students, Medical; Teaching
ISSN:
0332-3102

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLydon, Sen
dc.contributor.authorO'Connor, Pen
dc.contributor.authorMcVeigh, Ten
dc.contributor.authorOffiah, Cen
dc.contributor.authorByrne, Den
dc.date.accessioned2015-07-06T15:46:32Zen
dc.date.available2015-07-06T15:46:32Zen
dc.date.issued2015-03en
dc.identifier.citationMedical speciality choice: does personality matter? 2015, 108 (3):75-8 Ir Med Jen
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102en
dc.identifier.pmid25876298en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/559068en
dc.description.abstractThere has been increasing interest in the personalities of doctors. This study examined whether personality differed based upon gender, level of training or medical speciality among 200 physicians and 134 medical students. Post-internship doctors scored significantly higher on conscientiousness (p = .001) than those pursuing basic medical training. Among those pursuing basic medical training, females scored significantly higher than males on agreeableness (p < .001) and conscientiousness (p = .001). Among post-internship respondents, females scored significantly higher on agreeableness (p = .004). There were no personality differences between post-internship doctors working in different specialities. However, among those pursuing basic medical training, those interested in person-focused medical specialities scored significantly higher on extraversion (p < .001), conscientiousness (p = .001), and lower on neuroticism (p = .01) than those who had no strong preference. These results suggest that there is no unique personality profile associated with medical practice, or medical speciality. Instead, it appears that medical school may shape personality.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherIrish Medical Journalen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Irish medical journalen
dc.subjectDOCTORSen
dc.subjectCAREER CHOICEen
dc.subject.meshCareer Choiceen
dc.subject.meshFemaleen
dc.subject.meshHumansen
dc.subject.meshIndividualityen
dc.subject.meshMaleen
dc.subject.meshPersonalityen
dc.subject.meshPersonality Assessmenten
dc.subject.meshPhysiciansen
dc.subject.meshSchools, Medicalen
dc.subject.meshSex Factorsen
dc.subject.meshStudents, Medicalen
dc.subject.meshTeachingen
dc.subject.otherPERSONALITYen
dc.titleMedical speciality choice: does personality matter?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen
dc.description.fundingNo fundingen
dc.description.provinceConnachten
dc.description.peer-reviewpeer-reviewen

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