Is Dental Students' Clinical Productivity Associated with Their Personality Profile?

Kristan D. Rodriguez, Joseph A. Bartoloni, William D. Hendricson

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The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between personality preferences of incoming fourth-year dental students at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as measured by the Keirsey Temperament Sorter II and their third-year clinical productivity and percentage of broken appointments. All 105 incoming fourth-year dental students in 2016 were invited to participate in the study, and 92 students completed the temperament questionnaire, for a response rate of 87.5%. Those students' clinical activity during their third year was measured by production points and percentage of broken appointments extracted from the electronic health record. The results showed that the majority of the respondents were extroverts rather than introverts and that the extroverts had significantly higher production points and significantly fewer broken appointments than the introverts. The most common personality preferences were sensing and judging. More than two-thirds of the respondents represented the Guardian temperament, one of four categories on the temperament measure. These findings help highlight the traits that may contribute to success in clinical training during dental school and support the notion that clinical success may be influenced by certain personality characteristics as well as the technical and specialized skills of dentistry.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1436-1443
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Dental Education
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017


  • broken appointments
  • clinical education
  • clinical productivity
  • dental education
  • dental students
  • noncognitive indicators
  • personality types

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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