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Studying medicine - a cross-sectional questionnaire-based analysis of the motivational factors which influence graduate and undergraduate entrants in Ireland.

Sulong S, McGrath D, Finucane P, Horgan M, O'Flynn S, O'Tuathaigh C - JRSM Open (2014)

Bottom Line: UGE students were significantly more motivated by intellectual satisfaction, encouragement by family/friends, financial reasons, and professional independence.GE and UGE students differed significantly with respect to sources consulted for career guidance and source of study information.This study is the first systematic examination of study and career motivation in GE medical students since the programme was offered by Irish universities and provides insight into the reasons why graduate entrants in Ireland choose to study medicine via this route.

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Affiliation: School of Medicine, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: The number of places available in Ireland for graduate entry to medical school has steadily increased since 2006. Few studies have, however, characterized the motivational factors underlying decision to study medicine via this route. We compared the factors motivating graduate entrants versus undergraduate entry (UGE) students to choose medicine as a course of study.

Design: The present study was a quantitative cross-sectional questionnaire-based investigation.

Setting: The study was conducted in University College Cork and University of Limerick, Ireland.

Participants: It involved 185 graduate entry (GE) and 120 UGE students.

Outcome measures: QUESTIONNAIRES WERE DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING AREAS: demographic/academic characteristics; factors influencing the selection of academic institution and motivation to study medicine; and the role of career guidance in choice of study.

Results: When asked to list reasons for selecting medicine, both groups listed a wish to help and work with people, and a desire to prevent and cure disease. UGE students were significantly more motivated by intellectual satisfaction, encouragement by family/friends, financial reasons, and professional independence. Approximately half of GE students selected their first degree with a view to potentially studying medicine in the future. GE and UGE students differed significantly with respect to sources consulted for career guidance and source of study information.

Conclusions: This study is the first systematic examination of study and career motivation in GE medical students since the programme was offered by Irish universities and provides insight into the reasons why graduate entrants in Ireland choose to study medicine via this route.

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(a) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for selecting medicine via the GE route. (b) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for choice of undergraduate degree course in relation to future studies in medicine.
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fig1-2042533313510157: (a) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for selecting medicine via the GE route. (b) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for choice of undergraduate degree course in relation to future studies in medicine.

Mentions: Both programmes differed significantly with respect to timing of students’ decisions to study medicine (χ2 = 73.08, p < 0.0001). Students across both the GE (45%) and UGE (91%) programmes indicated a strong ambition to study medicine since primary- and second-level education. Among GE students, approximately a quarter (25.56%) of students made the decision during their third-level studies in a different discipline, compared to 9.17% of UGE students; 29.44% of GE respondents entered medicine via the GE programme after qualifying in a different discipline (Figure 1a).Figure 1.


Studying medicine - a cross-sectional questionnaire-based analysis of the motivational factors which influence graduate and undergraduate entrants in Ireland.

Sulong S, McGrath D, Finucane P, Horgan M, O'Flynn S, O'Tuathaigh C - JRSM Open (2014)

(a) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for selecting medicine via the GE route. (b) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for choice of undergraduate degree course in relation to future studies in medicine.
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fig1-2042533313510157: (a) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for selecting medicine via the GE route. (b) Percentage of GE respondents’ reasons for choice of undergraduate degree course in relation to future studies in medicine.
Mentions: Both programmes differed significantly with respect to timing of students’ decisions to study medicine (χ2 = 73.08, p < 0.0001). Students across both the GE (45%) and UGE (91%) programmes indicated a strong ambition to study medicine since primary- and second-level education. Among GE students, approximately a quarter (25.56%) of students made the decision during their third-level studies in a different discipline, compared to 9.17% of UGE students; 29.44% of GE respondents entered medicine via the GE programme after qualifying in a different discipline (Figure 1a).Figure 1.

Bottom Line: UGE students were significantly more motivated by intellectual satisfaction, encouragement by family/friends, financial reasons, and professional independence.GE and UGE students differed significantly with respect to sources consulted for career guidance and source of study information.This study is the first systematic examination of study and career motivation in GE medical students since the programme was offered by Irish universities and provides insight into the reasons why graduate entrants in Ireland choose to study medicine via this route.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: School of Medicine, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: The number of places available in Ireland for graduate entry to medical school has steadily increased since 2006. Few studies have, however, characterized the motivational factors underlying decision to study medicine via this route. We compared the factors motivating graduate entrants versus undergraduate entry (UGE) students to choose medicine as a course of study.

Design: The present study was a quantitative cross-sectional questionnaire-based investigation.

Setting: The study was conducted in University College Cork and University of Limerick, Ireland.

Participants: It involved 185 graduate entry (GE) and 120 UGE students.

Outcome measures: QUESTIONNAIRES WERE DISTRIBUTED TO STUDENTS ADDRESSING THE FOLLOWING AREAS: demographic/academic characteristics; factors influencing the selection of academic institution and motivation to study medicine; and the role of career guidance in choice of study.

Results: When asked to list reasons for selecting medicine, both groups listed a wish to help and work with people, and a desire to prevent and cure disease. UGE students were significantly more motivated by intellectual satisfaction, encouragement by family/friends, financial reasons, and professional independence. Approximately half of GE students selected their first degree with a view to potentially studying medicine in the future. GE and UGE students differed significantly with respect to sources consulted for career guidance and source of study information.

Conclusions: This study is the first systematic examination of study and career motivation in GE medical students since the programme was offered by Irish universities and provides insight into the reasons why graduate entrants in Ireland choose to study medicine via this route.

No MeSH data available.