Personality in Practice

Knowing your personality type can help you make an informed specialty choice.

What is personality type? 
One way to define personality is to think in terms of who you are and how you relate to others. Another way is to assess your preferences in relationships, activities, organizational style, gathering and interpreting information, learning styles, and relating to the world at large.

Why assess personality? 
Who you are and how you relate to others are important in everyday life. Your particular style of interaction with patients, colleagues, and supervisors is an especially significant element in choosing a specialty. For instance, if you prefer quiet and solitude to bustling activity, you will probably find radiology preferable to emergency medicine as a choice of specialty.

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Keirsey Temperament Sorter are two popular typing tools. They may be accessed online for a fee.

The Keirsey Temperament Sorter II is a free tool that provides you with your basic temperament type. 

16 Personalities is another free online tool that provides a five letter personality type based on the theory of Carl Jung and Myers-Briggs. 

Learners are invited to participate in an interactive session during Phase 2, Personality in Practice.