Exploring temperament and character traits in medical students; A new approach to increase the rural workforce

Eley, Diann, Young, Louise and Przybeck, Thomas R. (2009) Exploring temperament and character traits in medical students; A new approach to increase the rural workforce. Medical Teacher, 31 3: e79-e84. doi:10.1080/01421590802335892


Author Eley, Diann
Young, Louise
Przybeck, Thomas R.
Title Exploring temperament and character traits in medical students; A new approach to increase the rural workforce
Journal name Medical Teacher   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0142-159X
1466-187X
Publication date 2009-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01421590802335892
Volume 31
Issue 3
Start page e79
End page e84
Total pages 6
Editor Ronald M. Harden
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: This study explored temperament and character traits in medical students to identify the possible predictive value of these traits to students with varying levels of intention to pursue rural medicine. This work is the precursor to a better understanding of personality traits associated with medical disciplines within specific environments such as rural medicine.

Aims: The long term aim is to increase the recruitment of students who are best suited, and choose to practice in rural locations.

Methods: Medical students (272) completed a demographic survey and the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI–R 140) to identify levels of the seven basic dimensions of temperament and character. Multivariate statistics explored differences between students’ TCI levels based on gender, rural origin and level of intention to pursue rural medicine.

Results:
Analysis showed only main effects and confirmed significant differences in certain TCI dimensions between students with a high compared to a low or medium intention to practice rural medicine and between males and females.

Conclusions:
Preliminary findings suggest that certain temperament and character traits may be related to interest in rural medicine however the efficacy of assessing personality traits as an adjunct to medical school training and career counselling remains uncertain.
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Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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