Doctors assess the influence of medical school on their career choice

S. Watmough, I. Ryland, D. Taylor

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Background: In 1996 Liverpool University reformed its traditional medical curriculum and introduced an integrated PBL curriculum. Previous work has focused on comparing the competencies of PRHOs from both curricula. This project has been extended to look at the inl uence of curriculum reform on career choice of graduates. Summary of work: This study population consists of the final two cohorts of the traditional curriculum. Ques t ionna i res we re di s t r ibuted a t 5-6 yea r s pos t graduation requesting the most important inl uences on career choice. Summary of results: Overall most graduates felt their career choice was mostly dictated by their postgraduate experience. General Practitioners were more likely to have changed their career choice since graduation, with surgeons less likely to have done so. The inl uence of individual teachers at medical school had little ef ect. However the experience of mainstream specialties within medicine and surgery were more inl uential at medical school rather than the smaller specialties. Graduates changed their initial planned career plan for a number of reasons including i nancial inducements, new clinical experiences, stress, family issues and career progression. It is planned to repeat this process with the i rst two cohorts of the PBL curriculum following the same time frame to ascertain if there are differences between traditional and PBL graduates
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2006
EventAssociation for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference - Genoa, Italy
Duration: 14 Sept 200618 Sept 2006


ConferenceAssociation for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference


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