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Inclination towards a research career among first year medical students: an international study

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Introduction: The importance of fostering clinicians who are also scientists is well recognized. It is of

    value to assess medical students’ inclination towards and self-perceived readiness for a research

    career, as this has implications on the future development of such individuals.

    Methods: A questionnaire was self-administered to all consenting first year medical students from

    eleven universities in ten countries. Questions were asked pertaining to inclination towards research

    careers, confidence in research methodology and ability to understand medical literature.

    Results: A total of 1354 questionnaires were completed, with a mean response rate of 76.5%. While

    24.8% students expressed an interest in pursuing a research career, 48.3% were undecided.

    Students with prior research experience and students who were attending graduate medical school

    programmes were more likely to have an interest in a research career after graduation. Males were

    more interested in learning about biostatistics than females, while the reverse was true for learning about

    research ethics.

    Discussion: Most students in their first year of medical school are not inclined towards a research

    career. This finding applies internationally, across different countries and medical school systems.

    Thus, the onus is on medical schools to help transform the perception and attitudes of their students

    during the course of their training, so that a greater proportion will be interested in and ultimately

    pursue research careers.

UOW Authors


  •   Tan, Say Beng (external author)
  •   Koh, Gerald Choon Huat (external author)
  •   Ding, Ying-Wei (external author)
  •   Malhotra, Rahul (external author)
  •   Ha, Tam
  •   Pietrobon, Ricardo (external author)
  •   Kusumaratna, Rina (external author)
  •   Tie, Rodney N. (external author)
  •   Cunha, Guilherme (external author)
  •   Martins, Henrique (external author)
  •   Seim, Arnfinn (external author)
  •   Altermatt, Fernando (external author)
  •   Biderman, Aya (external author)
  •   Puoane, Thandi (external author)
  •   Carvalho, Elias (external author)
  •   Ostbye, Truls (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Tan, S., Koh, G. C. H., Ding, Y., Malhotra, R., Ha, T. C., Pietrobon, R., Kusumaratna, R., Tie, R. N., Cunha, G., Martins, H., Seim, A., Altermatt, F., Biderman, A., Puoane, T., Carvalho, E. & Ostbye, T. (2011). Inclination towards a research career among first year medical students: an international study. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 5 (2), 49-59.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3614

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 59

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • India

Abstract


  • Introduction: The importance of fostering clinicians who are also scientists is well recognized. It is of

    value to assess medical students’ inclination towards and self-perceived readiness for a research

    career, as this has implications on the future development of such individuals.

    Methods: A questionnaire was self-administered to all consenting first year medical students from

    eleven universities in ten countries. Questions were asked pertaining to inclination towards research

    careers, confidence in research methodology and ability to understand medical literature.

    Results: A total of 1354 questionnaires were completed, with a mean response rate of 76.5%. While

    24.8% students expressed an interest in pursuing a research career, 48.3% were undecided.

    Students with prior research experience and students who were attending graduate medical school

    programmes were more likely to have an interest in a research career after graduation. Males were

    more interested in learning about biostatistics than females, while the reverse was true for learning about

    research ethics.

    Discussion: Most students in their first year of medical school are not inclined towards a research

    career. This finding applies internationally, across different countries and medical school systems.

    Thus, the onus is on medical schools to help transform the perception and attitudes of their students

    during the course of their training, so that a greater proportion will be interested in and ultimately

    pursue research careers.

UOW Authors


  •   Tan, Say Beng (external author)
  •   Koh, Gerald Choon Huat (external author)
  •   Ding, Ying-Wei (external author)
  •   Malhotra, Rahul (external author)
  •   Ha, Tam
  •   Pietrobon, Ricardo (external author)
  •   Kusumaratna, Rina (external author)
  •   Tie, Rodney N. (external author)
  •   Cunha, Guilherme (external author)
  •   Martins, Henrique (external author)
  •   Seim, Arnfinn (external author)
  •   Altermatt, Fernando (external author)
  •   Biderman, Aya (external author)
  •   Puoane, Thandi (external author)
  •   Carvalho, Elias (external author)
  •   Ostbye, Truls (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Tan, S., Koh, G. C. H., Ding, Y., Malhotra, R., Ha, T. C., Pietrobon, R., Kusumaratna, R., Tie, R. N., Cunha, G., Martins, H., Seim, A., Altermatt, F., Biderman, A., Puoane, T., Carvalho, E. & Ostbye, T. (2011). Inclination towards a research career among first year medical students: an international study. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 5 (2), 49-59.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3614

Number Of Pages


  • 10

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 59

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 2

Place Of Publication


  • India