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Written in the stars: did your specialty choose you?
  1. Holly Morgan1,
  2. Hannah Collins2,
  3. Sacha Moore1,
  4. Catherine Eley2
  1. 1Cardiology Department, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
  2. 2Surgical Department, University Hospital of Wales Healthcare NHS Trust, Cardiff, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Holly Morgan, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, Newport, UK; morganhp7{at}gmail.com

Abstract

Purpose of the study Established over 2000 years ago, horoscopes remain a regular feature in contemporary society. We aimed to assess whether there could be a link between zodiac sign and medical occupation, asking the question—did your specialty choose you?

Study design A questionnaire-based study was distributed using an online survey tool. Questions explored the zodiac sign, specialty preferences and personality features of physicians.

Results 1923 physicians responded between February and March 2020. Variations in personality types between different medical specialties were observed, introverts being highly represented in oncology (71.4%) and rheumatology (65.4%), and extroverts in sexual health (55%), gastroenterology (44.4%) and obstetrics and gynaecology (44.2%) (p<0.01). Proportions of zodiac signs in each specialty also varied; for example, cardiologists were more likely to be Leo compared with Aries (14.4% vs 3.9%, p=0.047), medical physicians more likely Capricorn than Aquarius (10.4% vs 6.7%, p=0.02) and obstetricians and gynaecologists more likely Pisces than Sagittarius (17.5% vs 0%, p=0.036). Intensive care was the most commonly reported second choice career, but this also varied between zodiac signs and specialties. Fountain pen use was associated with extroversion (p=0.049) and gastroenterology (p<0.01).

Conclusions Personality types vary in different specialties. There may be links to zodiac signs which warrant further investigation.

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  • Contributors HM planned the study, developed and distributed the survey, analysed results and produced the manuscript. HC researched the background, distributed the survey, aided in manuscript and figure production. SM reviewed the data, carried out statistical analysis, edited the manuscript. CE developed and distributed the survey, aided in manuscript production and editing.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data availability statement Data are available upon reasonable request from the corresponding author.

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