The number of U.S. medical graduates choosing careers in psychiatry is in decline.
In order to determine whether this disinclination toward psychiatry occurs before versus during medical school, this study surveyed medical students at the start of their freshman year.
Within the first 2 weeks of medical training, 223 freshman medical students from three Southwestern medical schools were surveyed with a questionnaire designed to assess their perceptions of careers in various specialties.
Responses suggest that new medical students most strongly value aspects of doctoring that seem to comport well with the actual practice of psychiatry : desire for interpersonal contact, helping patients, attractive lifestyle, and challenging work.
However, these students begin their medical training viewing a career in psychiatry as distinctly and consistently less attractive than other specialties surveyed.
More than one-quarter of the new medical students had already definitively ruled out a career in psychiatry. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Etudiant, Médecine, Attitude, Psychiatrie, Carrière professionnelle, Psychiatre, Santé mentale, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Student, Medicine, Attitude, Psychiatry, Career, Psychiatrist, Mental health, United States, North America, America, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0451853
Code Inist : 002B18H04. Création : 22/03/2000.