Practicing pharmacists were surveyed for eight personality traits; ascendancy, responsibility, emotional
stability, sociability, cautiousness, original thinking, personal relations and vigor using the Gordon Personal
Profile-Inventory (GPP-I), an instrument requiring subjects to self-score themselves by selecting statements
in a forced-choice tetrad format. Students in a school of pharmacy in the same state were also surveyed.
Pharmacists self-scored themselves higher than did students in all the traits except sociability. Based on
multivariate analysis, pharmacists who were active in their profession through service as preceptors in the
School’s experiential program, having applied to the external PharmD program of the School, or having been
elected officers in pharmacy organizations scored themselves significantly higher in the trait of original
thinking as measured by the GPP-I and had advanced degrees. The data suggest that the GPP-I could be
used as a tool to support the subjective measurements from interviews, written essays and letters of
recommendation on applicant characteristics used in the pharmacy admissions process.