You may have heard of the Meyers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), but have you ever imagined what each of the MBTI in school would look like? This post is an attempt to help you identify each of the 16 personality types in medical school based on the MBTI.
What is MBTI?
They both derived this theory from the book on Psychological types written by Carl Jung; an erudite Swiss psychiatrist, and psychologist.
The theory of MBTI is an attempt to classify human beings and their behavior based on how they perceive the world and make decisions.
Why Understanding MBTI Types is Important?
Throughout the ages, there is always an attempt by psychologists to try and understand the reason behind human behavior. People are so much interested in knowing about each other, and one thing that motivates a lot of people to study personality types is understanding introverts and extroverts.
Also, for medical students, knowing your personality type will help you to understand your strengths and weaknesses and how to use them efficiently in being successful in your career.
Apart from that, it is also fun studying the MBTI in school, as it broods understanding and tolerance among colleagues.
Also, there is this belief that you can only find certain MBTI types in medicine because others may not cope well with the stress of medical school.
But in my experience, I have seen encountered all the 16 MBTI personality types in medical school. Though some perform better than others academically, there is no specific marker for which type will outperform the others.
So let’s meet the 16 MBTI personality types medical students.
The 16 MBTI in School
1. The Teacher; ENFJs in Medical School
ENFJ stands for Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. The ENFJs are those medical students who are always motivated to organize and implement positive ideas just to help things move forward in class.
ENFJs in the Class
They often volunteer to take-up roles that will serve and benefit the whole class even if they are not the class representative, and may not have an ulterior motive for this.
This is one of the 16 MBTI in school that loves playing humanitarian roles. They are selfless leaders as well and will perform best as the class representative.
They are very sociable, outspoken, and loved by almost every member of the class as well as teachers.
He/She is that person that knows everybody, may not stay in the front seats but their presence is always felt as they will volunteer to help set up the class projectors, bring teaching materials, wipe the board, just for things to move.
A typical ENFJ would prefer a group study to studying alone.
They are the life of a discussion/study group, and will always bring creative ideas on how to make things move.
But due to their busy schedule and activities in the various school organizations they belong to, may not be consistent with the discussions and will be absent most of the time.
They dress well generally, and in a very mature and simple way.
ENFJs and Medical School Exams
They are among the best brains of the MBTI in school. They always have a balanced lifestyle in medical school; work and play.
An ENFJ will as well be a member of many organizations in the medical school and will still be among the best performers in tests and exams.
When exams are near, the best place to find them is in group discussions with friends, and they are often the ones teaching others.
ENFJ Friends in Medical School
They put active effort in maintaining friendships. They are great motivators and make sure you never lag behind in tests and exams.
They are very supportive too.
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2. The Champion; ENFPs in Medical School
The ENFP stands for Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving. These are some of those very few medical students who have a balance between work and fun.
ENFPs are one of the most relaxed, friendly, and care-free of all the MBTI in school.
ENFPs in the Class
They are almost like ENFJs in the class. The difference is that while the ENFJ is actually doing the job of a humanitarian and providing service, the ENFP on the other hand is not good at the doing, but will always offer verbal support and encouragement.
They have excellent social skills, and often relates well with every member of the class, but may not do well as a class representative, but will do great as an assistant.
Just like the ENFJs, they prefer studying in groups.
In preparation for exams, they almost never study and will end up trying to cover much within a short period of time.
Even when they study, you may find them looking very unserious; like eating, lying down, playing music, and all sorts of things while studying. But they still manage to find their way through the medical school exams and even make distinctions depending on their intelligence.
ENFPs and Medical School Exams
Of the 16 MBTI in school, ENFPs are one of the most carefree about exams and tests. They are those medical students you can find partying, playing around while the exam is near. But never try to underestimate their intellect.
When they put in a little effort, the results are always alarming.
ENFPs have a very fun sense of fashion.
They are one of the MBTI in school that is not afraid to step out and wear something they personally enjoy even if it is odd or even against the medical school regulations.
ENFP Friends in Medical School
ENFPs are among the MBTI in school that have the most friends.
They are very cheerful and supportive and share ideas on how to get through with difficulties. Also, they are very enthusiastic and optimistic in their approach to medical school exams.
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3. The Commander; ENTJs in Medical School
ENTJ stands for; Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinker, and Judgemental. This is one of the MBTI in school who often find their way through leadership roles in the medical school.
They are bold, confident, stubborn, arrogant, charismatic, impatient, strong-willed, and efficient.
ENTJs in the Class
Just like their name sounds; The Commander is one of the MBTI in school that are often drawn to leadership positions.
These groups of persons are very bold, charismatic, confident, excellent communicators, and are always ready to find solutions to complex and difficult problems in the class.
They are not afraid to ask questions or even challenge the lecturers when they sense an error in any topic in class.
They also make the best team/group leaders, as they can find the strength of every colleague in the team and utilizing it constructively to help them score highly in tests and exams.
An ENTJ is hardworking by nature.
They are those medical students you tend to see studying both in the most hidden of places and in study groups.
They are almost always ahead of the rest of the class members in the course outline.
ENTJs and Medical School Exams
An ENTJ who is academically focused is ready to do anything to be the best in any medical exam or test, and they are often among the best.
ENTJs often do not focus much on what they wear but are very good at figuring out the best way to dress to impress others.
They have a relaxed and comfortable sense of fashion too.
ENTJ Friends in Medical School
It is expected that these born leaders are the center of attention in any clique they may belong to.
They are very supportive and are always looking for creative and innovative ways of increasing their academic growth and that of those around them.
4. The Visionary; ENTPs in Medical School
ENTP stands for Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinker, and Perceiver.
This is one of the 16 MBTI in school that are quick thinkers, very knowledgeable, excellent brainstormers, charismatic, very argumentative, easily bored, and dislike practicals.
They are those medical students you often see arguing about topics both related and unrelated to medicine and have lots of knowledge to share.
ENTPs in the Class
These types have no flair for leadership roles, but will not mind burning down the lecture hall with a series of arguments.
They have no regards for positions, and may not mind pointing out the flaws of a lecturer if it is academic-related.
They are often loved by colleagues for their confidence, but at the same time disliked for making them spend extra minutes waiting for them to finish another bout of an argument with the lecturer.
These types usually prefer spending more time in private studies and using the remaining time arguing during group discussions.
They are very fast readers, and easily grasp concepts faster when compared to most other MBTI types in medical school.
ENTPs and Medical School Exams
They are usually among the best performers in medical school exams. But their attitude of always wanting to be right could lead them into the trouble of arguing with examiners and being penalized for arrogance.
They often have a unique sense of fashion.
They may put a little flare to their fashion, but this those not mean that they would sacrifice their comfort for it. Their goal in dressing is to be free and comfortable.
ENTP Friends in Medical School
ENTPs often surround themselves with other intellectuals in medical school who are also ready to confront them with logical arguments.
They also know how to relax and have fun too, but if you value loyalty, support, emotional feedback more than honesty, intellectual stimulation, and challenges, then the ENTP is definitely not your friend.
5. The Provider; The ESFJ in Medical School
The ESFJ stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeler, and Judger.
This is one of the rarest of the 16 MBTI in school, probably because they are infamous for being inflexible, unwilling to improvise, very vulnerable to criticism, which is the opposite of the strengths required to pass through medical schools.
On the other hand, when they find themselves in medical school, they take their duties very seriously and do very well in practicals.
ESFJs in the Class
Just like the ENFJ, ESFJs are always out to lend a helping hand whenever it is needed.
They do very well in assistant leadership positions in the class and are usually very concerned about the welfare of the whole class.
You may rarely see them answering questions in class, but this does not mean they lack confidence.
They are very loyal to authority figures and are always keeping themselves out of trouble.
ESFJs almost never study alone.
They prefer studying in groups with at least two or more friends. They are also very focused on details, and this may slow down their study rate making them lag behind in the class.
ESFJs and Medical School Exams
They find it easy to pass the medical school exams as long as the questions are based on what was taught in class.
Exams that require critical thinking and analysis may throw them off balance, but their core strengths in medical school exams are the practicals.
ESFJs enjoy fashion a lot. But are always moderate in their appearance in medical school, in a way that will not displease the authorities.
ESFJ Friends in Medical School
They are some of the best friends you can have in medical school. They will take care of both your emotional and physical well-being.
They are the best people to fall back on when medical school hits so hard.
6. The Performer; ESFPs in Medical School
ESFP stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Feeler, and Perceiver.
This is also one of the 16 MBTI in school that may find it difficult to cope with the stress. It is usually because these types find it difficult to focus, they are poor planners, very sensitive to pressure, and are always seeking excitement.
But the little percentage of ESFPs that make it to medical school is usually with very high I.Qs who find it a little bit easier to grasp difficult concepts.
ESFPs in the Class
They struggle with a lack of concentration, resilience to keep up with the long hours of boring lectures.
They usually end up sleeping in classes or skipping the classes altogether.
They don’t usually care about leadership positions but are often one of the most popular in the class.
They rarely make out time for serious studies, but when they do, it is usually in groups.
They prefer practical more than theories.
ESFPs and Medical School Exams
Not Studying much in medical school usually translates to struggling with passing your medical exams.
But somehow, ESFPs usually find a way to make it to the next class.
Of all the 16 personality types in medical school, ESFPs have the best dress sense.
But they often struggle with keeping up with the dress code in the medical school.
ESFP Friends in Medical School
Whenever your ESFP friends are not in a party, they are out looking for other fun filled activities.
They are usually the most talented and creative of all medical students in terms of art. This usually manifests as playing musical instruments. Games like football, dancing, etc.
7. The Supervisor; ESTJs in Medical School
ESTJ stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging.
This is one of the MBTI in School that is the most hardworking, organized, strong-willed, reliable, and dedicated. But often, they struggle with being too inflexible and stressed up because they usually find it difficult to relax.
ESTJs in the Class
These medical students often find themselves taking up leadership roles in medical school.
They are excellent organized, very detailed, and are one of those persons whose class notes are used by those class members who find it difficult to make their own notes.
They also have many friends, and are often the leaders in their cliques.
They study better in groups but may have no issues investing their time in private studies.
ESTJs and Medical School Exams
Being among the most hard-working of the MBTI in school, ESTJs have no much issues passing their medical exams. Their core strength is the practicals.
These types can also go to any length to ensure they succeed in medical school.
ESTJs have a great sense of fashion. But are minimalists, and will always try to keep with the dressing code in medical school.
ESTJ Friends in Medical School
The supervisor is one of the 16 MBTI in school that make the best friends because of their loyalty and honesty.
They like building strong relationships with friends and are also very supportive.
8. The Dynamo; ESTPs in Medical School
The ESTP stands for Extraverted, Sensing, Thinker and Perceiver.
They are among the rarest of the 16 MBTI in school. This is because they care less about rules, and have a very low attention span; always seeking a new adventure after another.
But all the same, they can find themselves in medical school and still do great because of their dauntless nature, or in a bid to prove someone wrong.
ESTPs in the Class
The Dynamos are those medical students that are notorious for truancy in school. They may miss classes, because they are boring, but will read people’s notes and still make it through the exams.
If they find time to go for practical classes, then you will find them very serious as it is where they shine most.
These types may never study till the exams are close, and you will find they covering a whole text in a few days.
They dislike group discussions probably because they have no patience to listen to fellow colleagues ranting about something they could just pick from a textbook.
ESTPs and Medical School Exams
They may not perform excellently in any medical exam, but they are smart enough to scare through the exams.
They will most likely take up specialties in surgery because of their hatred for theories and impractical matters.
They also have a great sense of fashion, but like ENTPs, their major goal in fashion is to be free, but at the same time, to impress others.
They have trouble keeping up with the dress codes in medical school too.
ESTP Friends in Medical School
The dynamos rarely have few friends. They are very popular and known for being sarcastic and insensitive.
9. The Counsellor; INFJs in Medical School
The INFJ is Introverted, Intuitive, Feeler, and Judger.
They are the rarest of the MBTI personality types, and one of the most seen MBTI types in medical school.
This is because of their sense of purpose and passion for humanity.
They are very determined, altruistic, inspiring, perfectionistic, and are always fighting for a cause.
INFJs in the Class
They are seen as quiet, eloquent, insightful, hardworking, organized, and always ready to help people in need.
They are also very reluctant in taking up leadership positions, but when they do, perform excellently well because they don’t like exercising authority.
The counselor does not joke with personal study time and loathes group discussions.
They are very hardworking and dedicated, and they strive to be ahead of others in many ways.
INFJs and Medical School Exams
They are perfectionists and are often among the toppers in any medical exam.
They have very simple and matured dressing style.
INFJ Friends in Medical School
INFJs do not joke with friendships and rarely engage in any. But when they do, will strive to make sure they and their friends succeed in medical school.
They are often among the most religious/spiritual of the 16 personality types in medical school and are often seen making effort to carry all their friends along.
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10. The Healer; INFPs in Medical School
They are Introverted, Intuitive, Feelers, and Perceivers.
Healers are one of the MBTI types most seen in medical school.
They are enthusiastic, hardworking, imaginative, observant, reliable, patient, and have good practical skills; the ideal qualities a doctor should have.
INFPs in the Class
They are seen as shy, humble, too altruistic, and may take things like insults too personally.
You may never notice their presence in class throughout their stay in medical school. They naturally do not like positions of authority but are great listeners, approachable, and kind.
They love working in a small closed up group of very insightful friends where they can express their views without many criticisms.
They also spend lots of quality time studying alone.
INFPs and Medical School Exams
They are very intelligent, and usually have no challenges acing their medical exams.
They are very artistic, and so is their sense of fashion. But may not express this to avoid much attention.
INFP Friends in Medical School
INFPs rarely commit to friendships, but when they do, they are generally supportive, generous, and loyal.
11. The Architect; INTJs in Medical School
INTJs are Introverted, Intuitive, Thinkers, and Judgers.
They are very rare MBTI personality types. They have very high self-confidence, they are quick and versatile, jacks of all trades, independent, hardworking, determined, imaginative, and love applying strategies and developing plans for everything.
On the other hand, INTJs in medical school may come off as very arrogant, judgemental, perfectionists, and will over-analyze almost everything.
INTJs in the Class
They are one of the MBTI in school that you may be seeing around, but not sure if they are your course mates.
Architects appear cold and quiet. They may get bored by some lectures or even skip some classes they don’t like, completely trusting that they will always find ways of covering up for the topic.
They loathe leadership positions, but at the same time, hate to be led by anyone. But when forced to take up a position in the class, usually performs very well.
They hate group discussions and will prefer to spend long hours studying in the darkest of places than to discuss a topic with friends.
They are hard workers, and if they have passion for a course in medical school, will definitely be ahead of everyone else in the class.
You may find them working with time tables because of their love for structure and organization, but the more assertive types are usually more confident and trust they can handle anything medical school throws at them.
INTJs and Medical School Exams
These types often develop plans on how to tackle their exams months back before the exam starts.
When they are fully devoted to their studies, they are usually among the toppers of the MBTI in school.
But one weakness they have is their over-confidence. They may take risks, and not prepare at all for exams, because they trust they can tackle it anyway and may end up failing.
These types care less about fashion, as long they look appropriate for any event.
INTJ Friends in Medical School
Architects value intelligence, rationality, and logic more than anything else in friendships.
They have very few friends, but are very supportive of their friend’s intellectual needs.
12. The Scientist; INTPs in Medical School
INTP stands for Introverted, Intuitive, Thinker, and Perceiver.
They are the MBTI in school with the highest I.Q.
INTPs are great analysts, abstract thinkers, straightforwards, imaginative, original, enthusiastic, and open-minded.
INTPs in the Class
They are often seen as quiet, absent-minded, withdrawn/private, and disregard rules and guidelines.
Scientists may be condescending, and insensitive, skip classes, and will always second guess themselves.
These types are known for studying very little, but will always amaze their colleagues with the vast amount of knowledge they possess about almost anything.
They loathe group discussions and hate working with plans and timetables. INTPs are mostly seen reading more of textbooks than lecture notes.
INTPs and Medical School Exams
INTPs are usually the best in any class they belong to, and they do this with much ease compared to any other MBTI in school.
While other personality types may pride themselves on hard work, the INTP is known for achieving academic excellence with ease.
They have a weird sense of fashion if they care about it at all.
Usually, they don’t care much about how they look.
INTP Friends in Medical School
These types are difficult for anyone to get to know, and often have little to no friends despite their intelligence and knowledge.
But they usually have a small circle of good friends who are mostly fellow analysts with Intuitive and thinking personality.
13. The Protector; ISFJs in Medical School
ISFJ stands for Introverted, Sensing, Feeler, and Judger.
They mostly find themselves in courses like Nursing and Physiotherapy where direct care is rendered to patients.
These types are very supportive, enthusiastic, loyal, hardworking, observant, reliable, patient, and have good practical skills.
ISFJs in the Class
Protectors are quiet, humble, shy, reluctant to change and often repress their feelings.
They shy away from leadership positions but make excellent leaders because of their good people skills.
Studying in a very small group with close friends is what the ISFJs prefer. But they also spend lots of quality time in private studies.
ISFJs and Medical School Exams
They always prefer practical exams to theories and may struggle to pass if the questions require critical thinking and analysis. But if they are based on what is taught in the class, they will ace it once.
Protectors also have a good dress sense but are careful to avoid overdressing and attracting lots of attention. They have no problems keeping to the school dress code.
ISFJ Friends in Medical School
They are the most loyal, supportive, generous, and caring of the 16 personality types in medical school.
14. The Composer; ISFPs in Medical School
The ISFP stands for Introverted, Sensing, Feeler, and Perceiver.
They are very sensitive, observant, artistic, charming, open-minded, passionate, and enthusiastic.
The medical profession is not an ideal match for the composers, because they often get stressed quickly, and may find it difficult to cope in academic environments. But ISFPs with very high I.Qs can do well since they will require a lesser amount of study time to pass their exams.
ISFPs in the Class
ISFPs are very quiet and love to be personally engaged with their work. They also prefer a place where they can work with little support whenever they need it.
They are hard working and prefer studying alone.
ISFPs and Medical School Exams
Even when it is challenging for the ISFPs, they usually find a way to ace their medical exams.
ISFPs are artistic in nature and have a great sense of fashion. But are always careful to know when their dressing is not against the school dress code.
ISFP Friends in Medical School
These types are some of the most comfortable to be around. They are fun loving, carefree, and enjoy life at the present moment.
They usually need a friend in medical school who will always push them to work harder.
15. The Inspector; ISTJs in Medical School
ISTJs are Introverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging.
These are jacks of all trades, strong-willed, hardworking, responsible, calm, practical, and honest.
These types are book worms, and make great medical students.
ISTJs in the Class
They are very quiet, always by the book, rarely question anything as long as it is coming from the lecturers or from textbooks.
Cramming is their greatest strength. They spend lots of hours studying and digesting concepts alone.
On average, they spend the most time studying compared to other personality types.
ISFJs and Medical School Exams
As long as the exams are based on what was taught in the class, Inspectors are straight-A students. But may find it difficult to cope when critical thinking and analysis are involved.
They are minimalists, and have a simple dress style.
ISTJ Friends in Medical School
They are loyal and trustworthy, and usually seek friends who share similar principles and opinions.
16. The Craftsman; ISTP in Medical School
The ISTP stands for Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving.
As medical students, they are optimistic, energetic, good at dealing with a crisis, practical, relaxed, spontaneous, and rational.
ISTPs in the Class
They are very private, reserved, and easily bored. They dislike commitments are may be found skipping lectures.
On the other hand, they are born problem solvers, and are curious about how medical equipments and other tools are used.
They prefer studying alone, and love practical more than theories.
ISTPs and Medical School Exams
They are very versatile, and usually have no issues tackling their exams in medical school.
They don’t care much about their appearance, but usually have no problem keeping up with the dress codes.
ISTP Friends in Medical School
ISTPs find it easy to meet new acquaintances because of their versatility.
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