Influences on Medical Student Career Choice

Hilary A. Sanfey
2006 Archives of Surgery  
Hypothesis: We hypothesized that increased enrollment of female medical students and different priorities of the current generation of students would be important influences on the declining interest in surgical careers. Design: Students scored statements on surgical careers on 5-point Likert scales regarding agreement and whether these statements encouraged them to pursue a career in surgery. Data were analyzed using the Mann-Whitney U test. Qualitative comments were iteratively coded using a
more » ... vely coded using a constant comparative method. Setting: Nine US medical schools. Participants: A Web-based survey on the Association for Surgical Education server was e-mailed to medical students. A total of 1300 of the 1365 respondents stated their sex. Main Outcome Measures: The survey asked questions pertaining to surgical life, surgical residency, surgeons as influence, equity, family, and other influences. Results: A total of 680 (52%) of the 1300 respondents were male. Men and women disagreed about whether
doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.11.1086 pmid:17116801 fatcat:frpg7cnzvjflbjabuh7aszfreu