Category: Fellows Posters
Purpose: Personality assessments are used by professionals to identify strengths and weaknesses associated with different personalities. 16Personalities is one such assessment which evaluates 16 distinct personality types based on situational preferences. Doctors of Pharmacy (PharmD) commonly enter the pharmaceutical industry through fellowships, which are post-doctoral training programs in various functional areas of the pharmaceutical industry. As the roles and responsibilities in functional areas differ significantly, there may be personality types that gravitate towards certain functions. The objective of this study was to identify correlations between PharmD fellows’ personality traits per the assessment and the different functional areas they have pursued.
Methods: A web-based survey was distributed to fellows within the Industry Pharmacists Organization’s (IPhO) fellow database, including first- and second-year fellows from different pharmaceutical industry fellowship programs throughout the United States with a link to the personality test. Respondents were requested to take the personality test, and to respond to additional questions soliciting information on their fellowship functional area, academic affiliation, duration, and the results of their personality test categorized as one of the 16 types. Evaluations were stratified by individual personality type, as well as by category. Subgroups were identified by functional area and fellowship characteristics. The personality aspect of identify (assertive vs turbulent) was omitted. Results of this survey are descriptive in nature.
Results: Of the 48 respondents, 58.3% (28) were first year fellows and 41.7% (20) were second year fellows. Of the first-year fellows, 20.8% (10) were in a one-year program. Approximately, 80% of respondent fellowships were associated with an academic institution. Personality type trend results of this survey revealed several important findings. Overall, PharmD fellows are more extroverted than introverted 56% (n=27). Fellows in medical functions (e.g. medical information, medical affairs or communication) and in research/development reported extroverted personality types more frequently at 74% (14/19) and 57% (4/7), respectively. On the contrary, regulatory fellows reported introverted personality types more frequently, 71% (5/7). When evaluating personality categories, slightly more PharmD fellows in medical fellowships identified as diplomats, 52.6% (10/19).
Conclusion: These findings suggest that PharmD fellows have a vast range of personalities, though a trend of extroverts was seen in this survey. These results may help industry professionals better understand and communicate with cross-functional colleagues by providing insight in how PharmDs interact amongst themselves, with others, and in different workplace environments. Additionally, this data may aid pharmacists interested in pursuing a career in the industry by stratifying various functional areas by optimal their personality type, and providing some preliminary guidance in where they may best fit into the workplace.