A study of the factors influencing school-going students considering medical careers.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207070
Title:
A study of the factors influencing school-going students considering medical careers.
Authors:
McHugh, S M; Corrigan, M A; Sheikh, A; Lehane, E; Broe, P; Hill, A D K
Affiliation:
Department of Surgery, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; Royal College of, Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. seamusmchugh@rcsi.ie
Citation:
Surgeon. 2011 Aug;9(4):191-4. Epub 2010 Oct 23.
Journal:
The surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
Issue Date:
1-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/207070
DOI:
10.1016/j.surge.2010.09.005
PubMed ID:
21672658
Abstract:
INTRODUCTION: Obtaining a place in an Irish medical school is extremely competitive, a situation mirrored in many other countries. We aimed to determine the factors influencing school students in deciding to study medicine in university. We further determined what level of interest exists in pursuing a surgical career after completion of medical school. METHODS: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland hosts an annual "Introduction to Medicine" programme for senior school children. Attendees were surveyed using a Likert scale to examine the factors influencing the group in choosing to study medicine, and pursue surgery as their ultimate career choice. RESULTS: A total of 128 completed the survey, giving a response rate of 100%. The opportunity to help others was most the most influential factors cited by students (97%). Males were significantly more likely to have an interest in a career in surgery rather than medicine (p = 0.003), and ranked "financial reward" (p = 0.036) as a more significant factors in influencing career choice than did females. CONCLUSIONS: A clear understanding of these factors influencing our students in their career choices and a strategy of recruitment based on these is imperative in order to optimize recruitment of students most suited to working as doctors.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Adolescent; *Career Choice; Education, Medical, Undergraduate/*statistics & numerical data; Female; General Surgery/*education; Humans; Ireland; Male; Questionnaires; *Schools, Medical; Students, Medical/*statistics & numerical data
ISSN:
1479-666X (Print); 1479-666X (Linking)

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMcHugh, S Men_GB
dc.contributor.authorCorrigan, M Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorSheikh, Aen_GB
dc.contributor.authorLehane, Een_GB
dc.contributor.authorBroe, Pen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHill, A D Ken_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-01T09:58:31Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-01T09:58:31Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-01T09:58:31Z-
dc.identifier.citationSurgeon. 2011 Aug;9(4):191-4. Epub 2010 Oct 23.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1479-666X (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn1479-666X (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid21672658en_GB
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.surge.2010.09.005en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/207070-
dc.description.abstractINTRODUCTION: Obtaining a place in an Irish medical school is extremely competitive, a situation mirrored in many other countries. We aimed to determine the factors influencing school students in deciding to study medicine in university. We further determined what level of interest exists in pursuing a surgical career after completion of medical school. METHODS: The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland hosts an annual "Introduction to Medicine" programme for senior school children. Attendees were surveyed using a Likert scale to examine the factors influencing the group in choosing to study medicine, and pursue surgery as their ultimate career choice. RESULTS: A total of 128 completed the survey, giving a response rate of 100%. The opportunity to help others was most the most influential factors cited by students (97%). Males were significantly more likely to have an interest in a career in surgery rather than medicine (p = 0.003), and ranked "financial reward" (p = 0.036) as a more significant factors in influencing career choice than did females. CONCLUSIONS: A clear understanding of these factors influencing our students in their career choices and a strategy of recruitment based on these is imperative in order to optimize recruitment of students most suited to working as doctors.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Career Choiceen_GB
dc.subject.meshEducation, Medical, Undergraduate/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshFemaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshGeneral Surgery/*educationen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshIrelanden_GB
dc.subject.meshMaleen_GB
dc.subject.meshQuestionnairesen_GB
dc.subject.mesh*Schools, Medicalen_GB
dc.subject.meshStudents, Medical/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.titleA study of the factors influencing school-going students considering medical careers.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Surgery, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; Royal College of, Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin, Ireland. seamusmchugh@rcsi.ieen_GB
dc.identifier.journalThe surgeon : journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Irelanden_GB
dc.description.provinceLeinster-

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