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J Miss State Med Assoc. 2008 Nov;49(11):327-9.

Non-cognitive variables and residency choice.

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Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, School of Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson 39216-4505, USA.



The objective for this study was to determine a means of using non-cognitive variables to target undergraduate efforts towards likely candidates for specific residency choice. APPROACH AND MATERIALS: Over a three year spread, a volunteer cohort of freshmen medical students was assessed for the non-cognitive variable of personality preference using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to determine its accuracy in predicting the choice of specialty training.


Of the 98 participants, 13 ultimately chose a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN). Four had scores which classified them with the personality preference ESFP (Extroverted, Sensing, Feeling, Perceiving), representing a ratio of 3.5 to 1 when compared to students expressing other personality preferences among the total sample of subjects.


These preliminary findings indicated that classification of personality preference among freshmen medical students is a statistically reliable means of predicting future residency choices.

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