There is little empirical exploration as to the personality types of successful general physician. However, one study found that the ESTJ was most common personality type of physicians was ISTJ, followed by ESTJ. ISTJs, or otherwise known as the ‘inspector’ , are responsible and reserved, which is essential for physicians. They typically have a strong focus on detail and doing things correctly, which allows physicians to spot and diagnose medical conditions with the utmost accuracy. Finally, ISTJs like to follow regulations and stick to schedules, this makes them reliable, predictable and dutiful: essential qualities of a physician!
Accomplishment and mastery
As general physicians train for such a long in order to become qualified and licensed (4 years of an undergraduate degree, 4 years of medical school and then a 3 to 7 year residency), accomplishment is often VERY high once they land that first job and continue to progress through their career. What is more, is that throughout their career, physicians will continue to feel accomplished when they help others to feel better and have an improved quality of life.
Meaning and contribution
It goes without saying that the work of a physician has high meaning and contribution. Their work saves the lives of many and makes a huge contribution to society. To further increase the sense of meaning and contribution, physicians may decide to conduct voluntary work in deprived parts of the world and help those who are truly in need!
Most general physicians will work full time. Many physicians may work long and irregular hours. If on call or working in an emergency facility, general physicians may have to work overnight hours. While on call, a physician may need to address a patient’s concerns over the phone or make an emergency visit to a hospital or nursing home. Overall, it can be a difficult career to fit into the busy family lives that many of us are faced with!
Who will thrive?
There are many qualities that a general physician needs to thrive. For example, to thrive as a physician you must be willing to commit to the educational process. With this dedication to education comes the genuine passion and excitement for helping others and the ability to be completely non judgemental.
A thriving general care physician must also have a good memory, excellent attention to details, exceptional investigative skills, and outstanding listening skills. This is because physicians are responsible for gathering as much information as possible to make a timely and accurate diagnosis or recommendation. Communication skills and compassion are also important to thrive. On top of all this, due to the likelihood that medical emergencies will occur, individuals who remain calm, composed and work well under pressure are likely to thrive in a medical environment.
Who will struggle?
Individuals are likely to struggle as a general physician if they aren’t physically fit enough to meet the requirements of lifting disabled patients or spending periods of time bent down/bent over. Individuals will also struggle if they are not willing to commit to the educational commitments needed to become a physician, or to the long hours that accompany being a physician.
Individuals who prefer to work alone, rather than as part of a team, may struggle with the teamwork and communication aspect of modern day physician work. Finally, those who cannot remain calm in unforeseen circumstances will struggle with the emergency situations that arise in a medical practice.