Objectives To determine the numbers of doctors leaving the specialty after obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (MRCOG), and the factors influencing their decisions to seek alternative career paths.
Design Retrospective postal questionnaire based survey.
Participants One hundred and sixty-eight doctors who had passed the MRCOG examination between 1985 and 1988 but were not known to have achieved Consultant or Senior Registrar status in the British Isles by 1993.
Results The response rate was 80%.
The crude leaving rate was 31%, although 7.5% had never intended to seek consultant appointment in the specialty in the UK.
The majority left shortly after obtaining the Part 2 MRCOG examination, 75% within the first two years thereafter.
The perception of the lifestyle of a consultant and poor job prospects were commonly seen as the critical factors causing trainees of both sexes to leave the specialty, although hours of work was the single most commonly cited factor among female trainees.
Conclusions A consistently high rate of loss from the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology has been demonstrated in surveys covering the period 1978 to 1988. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Gynécologie, Obstétrique, Médecin, Spécialité médicale, Pratique professionnelle, Cause, Décision, Homme, Abandon
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Gynecology, Obstetrics, Physician, Medical specialty, Professional practice, Cause, Decision, Human
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Cote : 97-0064635
Code Inist : 002B30A05. Création : 21/05/1997.