Carrier choices and the factors influencing it among medical students in a private medical college in Tamilnadu
Keywords:Career, Specialty, Choices, Post-graduation, Students
Background: Career choices of undergraduate students are influenced by many factors. The present study was conducted to elicit the most preferred specialty and to ascertain the factors influencing such choices.
Method: A cross sectional study was conducted among the final year and students undergoing internship at a private medical college in South India using a pre designed self-administered questionnaire.
Results: Out of three hundred and fourteen students who participated, 298 want to pursue specialization. The preferred specialties of choice are medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and orthopedics. The two most important factors which supposedly influenced their career choice are scope for self-practice and stable and secure future
Conclusion: Most students prefer clinical subjects and there were few takers for pre and para clinical subjects. There is a need to analyze the reasons for such preferences and undertake corrective modifications to increase interest in other subjects.
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