To report the career preferences of doctors who qualified in the United Kingdom in 1993 and to compare their choices with those of earlier cohorts of qualifiers.
Design-Postal questionnaires with structured questions, including questions about choice of future long term career, were sent to doctors a year after qualification.
Subjects-All medical qualifiers of 1993, comparing their replies with those from earlier studies of the qualifiers of 1974,1977,1980, and 1983.
Main outcome measures-Choice of future long term career and certainty of choice expressed at the end of the first year after qualification.
Questionnaires were sent to 3657 doctors. 2621 (71.7%) replied.
Of the 2621 respondents, 70.5% (1849) stated that their first preference was for a career in hospital practice, 25.8% (677) specified general practice, 1.0% (25) specified public health medicine or community health, 1.4% (36) specified careers outside medicine, and 1.3% (34) did not state a choice.
By contrast, 44.7% (1416/3168) of the doctors in the 1983 cohort had specified that their first preference was general practice.
Among the 1993 qualifiers, general practice was the first career choice of 17.5% of men (22711297) and 34.0% of women (45011324).
Only 7.4% of men (96/1297) stated that they definitely wanted to enter general practice.
Only 7.8% (103/1324) of women qualifiers in 1993 expressed a career preference for surgical specialties. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Carrière professionnelle, Préférence individuelle, Médecine générale, Spécialité médicale, 1993, Enquête par correspondance, Qualification professionnelle, Homme, Royaume Uni, Europe, Médecin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Career, Individual preference, Internal medicine, Medical specialty, 1993, Mail inquiry, Professional qualification, Human, United Kingdom, Europe, Physician
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0336788
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 10/04/1997.