Influences on specialty choice for students entering person-oriented and technique-oriented specialties

Title

Influences on specialty choice for students entering person-oriented and technique-oriented specialties

Creator

Borges N J; Manuel R S; Duffy R D; Fedyna D; Jones B J

Publisher

Medical Teacher

Date

2009
2009

Description

Background: Given changing trends in specialty choices among medical students coupled with continued challenges associated with medical specialty decision-making, it is important for medical educators to understand how students make decisions about their medical career. Medical educators should be aware of how medical school-based experiences and interactions such as faculty, courses, and services impact students' specialty choices and decisions. Aim: The study determined if differences in influences on specialty decision-making exist for students entering person-oriented specialties versus technique-oriented specialties. Methods: Three hundred and fifty-six fourth-year medical students completed a questionnaire about how the faculty, curriculum, student services, mentoring and professional development programs, lifestyle considerations, family/friends, and other factors influenced their choice of specialty. Results: Chi-square analyses indicated that students pursuing person-oriented specialties compared to technique-oriented specialties were moderately more likely to be influenced by their personal physician, by school faculty, and by medical school activities; slightly more likely to be influenced by medical school offices and services; and slightly less likely to be influenced by income expectations. Conclusions: Students interested in person-oriented specialties versus technique-oriented specialties indicate differences in what influences their specialty choice. This study may be helpful to medical educators and advisors who work with students on specialty decision-making.

Subject

Health Care Sciences & Services; Education & Educational Research; trends; controllable life-style; us medical-students

Format

Journal Article or Conference Abstract Publication

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Pages

1086-1088

Issue

12

Volume

31

Citation

Borges N J; Manuel R S; Duffy R D; Fedyna D; Jones B J, “Influences on specialty choice for students entering person-oriented and technique-oriented specialties,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 21, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/8674.

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