OBJECTIVE: To explore personality traits considered to be important in selection of trainees by consultant anaesthetists in a developing country.
METHODS: A questionnaire listing 28 traits was sent to 125 consultant anaesthetists. The raters were asked to mark each trait on a scale of 1 to 10, with one being least desirable and 10 as most desirable. Listing of five most desirable and one least desirable trait was also required.
RESULTS: The response rate was 79%. The most desirable trait was identified as reliability by 40%, followed by honesty 17%, functionality under stress 9%, punctuality 7%, and discipline 4%. The least desirable trait was considered as resourcefulness (21%), sense of humour (20%), unassuming mannerism (15%), high self esteem (11%), inquisitive (5%) and expedious (5%).
CONCLUSION: Some traits have been identified as more desirable than others for trainees in our country. We plan to assess these in structured behavioural interviews in our residency programme.
Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
(2010). A national survey into desirable personality traits in anaesthesia trainees in a developing country. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 60(3), 162-6.
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