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November 1969

Medical Specialty Choice and Personality: II. Outcome and Postgraduate Follow-up Results

Author Affiliations

From the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Department of Psychology; Illinois State Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychology (Dr. Yufit); and Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis (Dr. Pollock).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1969;21(5):529-535. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1969.01740230017003

IN a previous paper we reported the theoretical rationale, the methods of data collection and data analysis, and the preliminary results of our study on the relationship of medical specialty choices and personality.1 Others have made reference to such a relationship.2 In this report, the specialty choices decided upon by the student in medical school and the specialty choices predicted by the team of data analysts for the student will be compared with the specialty commitments actually chosen in the post-internship period. The assessment of the stability of choices and predictions will also be discussed.

In both the freshman and senior year, class members were asked to state their medical specialty preference via a questionnaire. In addition, each medical student was asked to complete two follow-up questionnaires, three and five years postmedical school completion, requesting information about his remembered interest

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