Purpose: A study was conducted to identify significant associations between affective domain (AD) features identified using the Birkman Method assessment and students' likelihood to pursue and to successfully match for postgraduate residency training (PGRT), while controlling for demographic and academic variables known to impact PGRT match rates. Methods: A retrospective analysis of 3 graduating classes of PharmD students from 2 colleges of pharmacy was performed. Data points such as PGRT match results, PGRT pursuit, student demographics, academic performance information, and AD data from the Birkman assessment were analyzed. Regression analysis was used to identify statistically significant associations between demographic, academic performance, and AD variables with both pursuit of PGRT and successful matching for PGRT. Results: Data from 503 students were evaluated, with 211 (42%) pursuing PGRT. A variety of AD variables were significantly associated with pursuing PGRT and matching for PGRT. Two groups of actionable variables emerged: (1) variables associated with a lesser likelihood of pursuing PGRT but a greater likelihood of successful matching, and (2) variables associated with a greater likelihood of pursuing PGRT and a lesser likelihood of successful matching. Conclusion: Early identification of students' AD features along with specific interventions to promote PGRT pursuit in those less likely to pursue but more likely to match, as well as interventions to promote successful matching in students most likely to pursue but less likely to match for PGRT, is a strategy for possibly optimizing PharmD student career path planning and PGRT match success that merits further evaluation.
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- affective domain
- residency match
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