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Perceptions of Sri Lankan medical students on selecting and pursuing medicine as a career

Show simple item record Karunaratne, D.R. 2017-10-23T09:02:07Z 2017-10-23T09:02:07Z 2017
dc.identifier.citation Sri Lanka Medical Association, 130th Anniversary International Medical Congress. 2017;62(Supplement 1):140 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0009-0895
dc.description Poster Presentation Abstract (PP 040), 130th Anniversary International Medical Congress, Sri Lanka Medical Association, 13th-16th July 2017 Colombo, Sri Lanka en_US
dc.description.abstract INTRODUCTION & OBJECTIVES: Although the choice of pursuing medicine as a career has long been a topic of interest, the rapidly changing socioeconomic environment warrants a revisit. This study explored the current factors which influence this choice among medical students. METHODS: A mixed-method study was conducted among first and fourth year students in the Faculties of Medicine of universities of Kelaniya, Colombo and Sri Jayewardenepura. The perceptions of 30 medical students were explored using focus group discussions. The contents were thematically analysed to develop a valid self-administered questionnaire, which was given to 364 medical students. The responses were analysed both descriptively and inferentially. RESULTS: A total of 63.5% respondents were females and 44% were first-year students. The foremost reason for selecting medicine was to help people (mean= 2.28). The least important reason was parental pressure (mean=1.5). A/L marks (mean=2.19), social status of being a doctor (mean=1.74), job guarantee (mean=1.83) and self-interest (mean=1.98) were ranked in between. The regret of choosing medicine as a career was higher among females (p=0.035) and fourth-year students than their counterparts. The reasons appeared to be the stressfully high workload and external political issues in medical education. The interest on postgraduate studies was higher among 1st A/L attempt entrants than 3rd A/L attempt entrants (p=0.011); the interest appeared to grow along the course. CONCLUSION: Choosing medicine still has an altruistic preponderance. However, a regret of selecting medicine appears to grow along the course. The desire to pursue postgraduate studies is more if entered to medical school in the 1st attempt. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sri Lanka Medical Association en_US
dc.subject Education, Medical, Undergraduate en_US
dc.subject Students, Medical en
dc.subject Health Occupations-education en
dc.title Perceptions of Sri Lankan medical students on selecting and pursuing medicine as a career en_US
dc.type Conference Abstract en_US

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