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Title: Pursuing a career in surgery: What is holding medical students back?
Authors: Bath, M.
Jones, L.
Harries, R.
Gokani, V. J.
First Published: 25-Dec-2015
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: International Journal of Surgery, 23 (2015) S15-S134
Abstract: Aim: In recent years there has been a decline in junior doctors opting for a surgical career. We aimed to ascertain the main factors influencing pre-clinical medical students' career choice. Methods: An online questionnaire was distributed to 122 pre-clinical medical students. Students were asked to rate separately the importance of commonly viewed limitations towards and possible attractants to a career in surgery. Results: There was a 97.5% (119) response rate. The most important factor limiting a surgical career was strong competition ratios. Female students placed greater importance towards family implications (p = 0.0003); students affiliated to a surgical society placed greater importance on career guidance (p = 0.001) and mentorship (p = 0.0004). More males were considering a career in surgery than females (47.2% vs 18.6%). Earlier exposure to a surgical environment and better career guidance were the highest ranked aspects to encourage this career choice. Conclusion: Strong competition ratios remain an important consideration for medical students perusing a surgical career. Female students view family commitments as a more important issue for a future career, which must be addressed. Increased availability of competition ratios, mentoring, less than-full time training opportunities, and role models at all levels should be priorities to attract more students to surgery.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2015.07.455
ISSN: 1743-9191
eISSN: 1743-9159
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Under a Creative Commons license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
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