This study examines how years of medical education, year in programme, cumulative grades, personality differences and sex differences relate to the level of confidence of medical students in the application of elementary medical emergency procedures. Three groups participated in the study; 4th year, 6th year, and recently graduated medical doctors, yielding 143 participants in total. Significant positive relationships were found for scores on a ‘confidence’ questionnaire with year in programme (r = 0.45, d.f. = 138, p < 0.001), years of medical education (r = 0.42, d.f. = 138, p < 0.001) and extraversion (r = 0.15, d.f. = 138, p < 0.05). Males were found to be more confident than females (r = -0.33, d.f. = 139, p < 0.001) and there was a significant negative correlation between confidence and neuroticism (r = -0.27, d.f. = 138, p < 0.001). Standard multiple regression analysis revealed that year in programme, sex differences and personality differences all provide statistically significant unique contributions to the variability of confidence scores and to a very highly significant multiple regression coefficient of R = 0.54. Year in programme was the single most important variable associated with confidence. The prediction that cumulative grades would be positively correlated with confidence scores was not confirmed.

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