Study identifies top pharmacist personality types

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A US study has compiled a list of the most common personality types in student pharmacists – and found a definite theme of being achievement-oriented, enjoying learning and valuing relationships.

The authors asked pharmacy students at five universities in the American Midwest to complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0. 1244 students completed the assessment.

They identified five top “themes” for the students’ personalities:

  • Achiever (40.8%)—have a lot of stamina and work hard. They take great satisfaction from being busy and productive;
  • Harmony (36.4%)—those who look don’t enjoy conflict and seek areas of agreement;
  • Learner (35.5%)—those who enjoy learning, particularly the process of learning, rather than the outcome;
  • Responsibility (27.3%)—loyal, honest types who own what they say they will do; and
  • Empathy (24.8%)—those skilled at can sensing the feelings of others by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

Female student pharmacists had more themes in Executing and Relationship Building, while males had more themes in Influencing and Strategic Thinking.

“The results of this study show that student pharmacists at five public schools of pharmacy have remarkably consistent Signature Theme profiles,” say the authors.

“It is particularly noteworthy that the top three Signature Themes were the same for each school (Harmony, Achiever, and Learner).

“The high prevalence of themes in the Executing domain suggests that student pharmacists are highly motivated and know how to get things done.

“The high prevalence of themes in the Relationship Building domain suggests that many student pharmacists value relationships and relate well to patients and other team members.

“The high prevalence of Signature Themes in these domains is an asset as pharmacists become more integral members of the healthcare team.

“Results suggest that student pharmacists are achievement-oriented, enjoy learning, and value relationships, but may avoid confrontation and find it difficult to sell an idea,” say the authors.

They caution that it remains unknown, however, if these results can be generalised to the larger student pharmacist population.

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