Personality and values as predictors of medical specialty choice

Title

Personality and values as predictors of medical specialty choice

Creator

Taber B J; Hartung P J; Borges N J

Publisher

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Date

2011
2011-04

Description

Research rarely considers the combined influence of personality traits and values in predicting behavioral outcomes. We aimed to advance a germinal line of inquiry that addresses this gap by separately and simultaneously examining personality traits and physician work values to predict medical specialty choice. First-year medical students (125 women and 119 men) responded to measures of personality and physician work values. After graduation, participants' residency choices were identified. Results indicated that personality traits predict person- or technique-oriented medical specialty choice. Physician work values, whether used alone or in tandem with personality traits, however, did not significantly predict specialty choice. Implications for practice and research are discussed. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Subject

career; Career decision making; Career specialty; choice; job-satisfaction; Medical career development; motivation; personality; physicians; Psychology; students; traits; vocational interests; Work values; Work values

Format

Journal Article

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Rights

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Pages

202-209

Issue

2

Volume

78

Citation

Taber B J; Hartung P J; Borges N J, “Personality and values as predictors of medical specialty choice,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed October 28, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/7268.

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