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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Psychiatry

Advisor

Dr. Dipu Patel

Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this article is to evaluate how introverted and extroverted personalities play a role in medical education and to investigate the challenges associated with introversion.

Method: A literature review was performed using PubMed and the Teacher Resource Center Database. Full text articles were searched for using the terms introversion, extroversion, education, classroom, and challenges.

Results: Many teaching strategies in medical education are designed to benefit the extroverted personality. This presents challenges in learning for introverts in both didactic and clinical training sites.

Conclusion: Increased effort must be made to include teaching strategies that balance learning for both extroverted and introverted learners. Identifying ways to engage introverted students will eliminate the many missed learning opportunities and misconceptions of these students that currently exist.

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