GP trainees: Study shows how IMGs and AMGs differ

RURAL medical training of IMGs should include temperament and character assessments at an early stage to improve retention rates, a new study suggests.

The report, published in the Australian Journal of Rural Health, looks at seven personality characteristics and character traits of 102 IMGs and 350 Australian medical graduates (AMGs) via a self-reporting survey.

It finds that IMGs score low on the temperament traits of novelty seeking (suggesting a regimented, orderly and detail-centred approach) and persistence, and on two character traits: self-direction