Shortage specialties: changes in career intentions from medical student to newly qualified doctors

Mahoney, R. and Livingston, G. and Katona, C. and McParland, M. and Noble, L. (2004) Shortage specialties: changes in career intentions from medical student to newly qualified doctors. Medical Teacher, 26 (7). pp. 650-654. ISSN 0142-159X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

There is currently a shortage of doctors in Britain, especially in general practice, psychiatry and pathology. This study aimed to examine whether career intention, especially in the shortage specialties, changes between undergraduate level and graduation. The 234 participants were Senior House Officers and Pre-Registration House Officers, who had provided information about their career intentions in their fourth year of medical school. Participants completed a postal questionnaire about their current career intentions. 38.9% of medical students rising to 63.3% of doctors definitely intended to pursue a particular specialty. While the numbers of people who definitely wanted to pursue general practice and psychiatry increased, in line with nearly all other specialties, the overall attractiveness of these shortage specialties fell. Early career advice and support during medical school and immediately after graduation may help doctors to be confident in pursuing shortage specialties to which they were originally attracted.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > Kent Institute of Medicine and Health Sciences (KIMHS)
Depositing User: M.P. Stone
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2008 16:29
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2008 16:29
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/12195 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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