The choice of medical career – What do our field work experiences represent? Cover Image

Az orvosi pályaválasztás átalakulása – Mit mutatnak a terepmunka-tapasztalataink?
The choice of medical career – What do our field work experiences represent?

Author(s): Zsuzsa Győrffy, Éva Susánszky, Anna Susánszky, Zsuzsa Szántó
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Debreceni Egyetem Politikatudományi és Szociológiai Intézet
Keywords: career choices; feminization; scientific interest; altruism; controllable lifestyle

Summary/Abstract: Background: One of the greatest challenges of the XXI. century is the changing of the medicalprofession. Beside of the process of deprofessionalism, the demographic and social compositionof the medical society have also been altering. More women became medical doctors in recentyears. Parallel to these changes, the career motivations of medical students are transforming. Method: 175 first year medical students from the Semmelweis University participated in ourstudy. They wrote about their career motivations based on a fixed set of viewpoints. The narrativeswere analysed by both quantitative and qualitative (content analysis) methods. Results:The female students are committed to medical profession at younger ages. The most importantfactors in career choices are altruism and scientific interest for both genders. There is amale dominance in career motivations of experiences, knowledge and benefits. Conclusions: Thechanging face of career motivations has a significant impact on both the physicians and thepatients. This issue opens up possibilities for following research.

  • Issue Year: 6/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-21
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: Hungarian