StrengthsFinder signature themes of talent in doctor of pharmacy students in five Midwestern pharmacy schools

Kristin K. Janke, Karen B. Farris, Katherine A. Kelley, Vincent D. Marshall, Kimberly S. Plake, Steven A. Scott, Todd D. Sorensen, Gary C. Yee

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Objective. To describe student pharmacists’ Signature Themes from the Clifton StrengthsFinder across 5 Midwestern pharmacy institutions and to compare themes by gender, institution, and undergraduate population. Methods. Student pharmacists completed the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment and received their top 5 Signature Themes. Themes were organized and examined by domains (Executing, Influencing, Relationship Building, Strategic Thinking). The distribution of the themes was compared between student pharmacists and undergraduates and themes and domains were compared by institution and gender. Results. Although results varied by institution, the top 5 themes among the 1244 of 1250 students (99.5%) who completed the assessment were: Achiever, Harmony, Learner, Responsibility, and Empathy. Female student pharmacists had more themes in Executing and Relationship Building, while males had more themes in Influencing and Strategic Thinking. Pharmacy students exhibit more Executing domain talents and fewer Influencing domain talents compared with undergraduates. Conclusion. Signature Themes were consistent among student pharmacists across 5Midwestern colleges of pharmacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number49
JournalAmerican journal of pharmaceutical education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


  • Signature themes
  • Strengths
  • StrengthsFinder
  • Student development
  • Talents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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