INMD 7405

MBTI and Medical Professional Identity Formation


Maija Braaten
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Note: This course has an enrollment minimum of five . We will be in touch with enrolled prior to the start of the period as to whether this course will run.

Catalog Description: 

Explore yourselves! Examine how your personality style manifests itself all throughout medical school. This class provides an overview of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the 16-personality types and their descriptions. Participants will complete the MBTI prior to the course, and learn how personality preferences may shape the ways we communicate, manage stress or interact with our environment. Consistent with the nine domains and their associated competencies, students will develop personal, application based knowledge of how their respective personalities may present themselves in the context of clinical experiences ("i.e .... or is it e.g. patient interactions, interprofessional collaborations, interpersonal and communication skills"). By the end of the course, students will develop greater self-awareness which will serve both professionally and personally. This course is unique with its content, learning objectives, and deliverables that will directly impact individual medical student professional and career development.


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Site Code

Site Name



Mayo Memorial Building

Course coordinator will share room prior to elective start date.

Required session attendance: In person Orientation/Overview, live virtual sessions, in person course conclusion and in-person wrap up session. See syllabus for specifics.

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:

Week 1: 3 hours of direct content and actively learning per day (burst). Week 2 is primarily ILT to complete the portfolio, meet with instructors (optional) and for the 2 hour course wrap up on the last day.

Direct patient care: No

Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives: 

  • To explain how the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) impacts medical learner identity branding/formation regardless of specialty selection
  • To connect the MBTI functions with clinical competencies and interpersonal communication skills, teamwork, and personal and professional development
  • To increase awareness of how to use the MBTI to help with stress management (work/life balance, residency application process, transition to residency)
  • To utilize the MBTI to help inform the career discernment process as one variable to consider when identifying potential specialties
  • To consider how to leverage personality type when approaching professional development as a physician
  • To learn specific strategies to enhance communication (life and professionally as physicians, doctor-patient communication style and adapting to those with different preferences)
  • To lay a foundation for how to approach residency interview skills preparation and other aspects of the residency application process (MS-3s)

Graded Components: Professional Development Portfolio, Completion of assigned Flip assignments, participation in mandatory in person activities

Grading Scale: P/N


Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: N/A

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience: N/A

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Course evaluation: MedHub