Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)


Adult Education




The association between personality type and residency specialty choice was investigated with a sample of 220 medical students. Personality type was determined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and residency specialty choice was divided into two categories: primary care and subspecialties. The results indicated that 1) the perceiving types chose subspecialties and judging types chose primary care more often than expected (p <.01), 2) intuitive/thinking types chose subspecialities and sensing/thinking, sensing/feeling, and intuitive/feeling types chose primary care more often than expected (p<.01), and 3) sensing/judging types chose primary care and sensing/perceiving types chose subspecialties more often than expected (p <.001). The findings are consistent with the literature and support Myers-Briggs' theories. It is recommended that career counselors in medical schools use the Myers-Briggs Indicator in assisting students with specialty choice decisions.



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