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Int J Med Educ. 2016 Feb 6;7:48-51. doi: 10.5116/ijme.5698.e2cd.

The association between Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Psychiatry as the specialty choice.

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1
Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.
2
Careers in Medicine Program, Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
3
Research Compliance Department, Palmetto Health, Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this pilot study is to examine the association between Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and prospective psychiatry residents.

METHODS:

Forty-six American medical schools were contacted and asked to participate in this study. Data were collected and an aggregated list was compiled that included the following information: date of MBTI administration, academic year, MBTI form/version, residency match information and student demographic information. The data includes 835 American medical students who completed the MBTI survey and matched into a residency training program in the United States. All analyses were performed using R 3.1.2.

RESULTS:

The probability of an introvert matching to a psychiatry residency is no different than that of an extravert (p= 0.30). The probability of an intuitive individual matching to a psychiatry residency is no different than that of a sensing type (p=0.20). The probability of a feeling type matching to a psychiatry residency is no different than that of a thinking type (p= 0.50). The probability of a perceiving type matching to a psychiatry residency is no different than that of a judging type (p= 0.60).

CONCLUSIONS:

Further analyses may elicit more accurate information regarding the personality profile of prospective psychiatry residents. The improvement in communication, team dynamics, mentor-mentee relationships and reduction in workplace conflicts are possible with the awareness of MBTI personality profiles.

KEYWORDS:

MBTI; Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; Personality; Psychiatry; medical students

PMID:
26851600
PMCID:
PMC4746054
DOI:
10.5116/ijme.5698.e2cd
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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