Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)



First Advisor

Dr. Bonnie Perry

Second Advisor

Dr. Jeff Williamson

Scholarship Domain(s)

Scholarship of Discovery


In the quest for a doctoral degree many candidates fail to meet their milestone accomplishment. It is estimated that approximately 30% of individuals who pursue a doctoral degree will not finish. Medical school has been found to be a very intensive program to pursue for many who begin the journey. Despite its difficulty, 81.6% to 84.1% of medical students achieve the status of medical practitioner, within a three-to-four year program. Despite the seemingly high completion rate, the achievement gap has further implications on physician shortages. The researcher conducted a quantitative study to determine the impact training first-year medical students using the CliftonStrengths® assessment would have on resiliency, self-efficacy and academic performance at a large Midwestern medical university. The participants consisted of two groups (n = 87), 30 untrained participants and 57 trained participants. An independent t-test was conducted and used to calculate resiliency, self-efficacy, and academic performance on two course grades. All test data were analyzed, and the results found no outcomes to be statistically significant. The current study is the first known to be conducted with students in a medical school setting utilizing the CliftonStrengths® assessment. Future studies utilizing a larger population of participants, particularly over a longer period of time that incorporates the full three-year or four-year curriculum within medical school education is encouraged.


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