e-Editor Intern’s note: Here we have another conversation starter by one of our e-council members. Karen Scott discusses the article by Miah et al. entitled “Evolving priorities of medical students“.
Understanding the training priorities of medical graduates
by Karen Scott
It is important for medical schools to know what factors influence medical graduates’ choice of postgraduate training program. As found by Miah et al.1, the factors influencing student choice of medical school2 appear to change as medical students move through their undergraduate degree. It is understandable that as students get older, they may form relationships and friendships in specific regions where they wish to practice; location thus becomes a strong factor influencing choice.
It would be useful to explore whether these findings are applicable to other regions: Are the factors influencing choice of medical school and postgraduate training similar in other parts of the UK? Are they the same in other countries, such as the US, Australia, Europe and Asia?
Similarly, are medical graduates who wish to specialise in particular disciplines more likely to make a choice based on location or other factors, such as reputation? Would the reputation of the postgraduate training school influence entry into competitive training programs, such as surgery?
- Miah S, Pang K, Grant T, Rubakumar Z, Rebello W, Begum H. Evolving priorities of medical students. The Clinical Teacher. 2014.
- Foster K. Medical school choice: what influences applicants? The Clinical Teacher. 2014;11(4):307-310.