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Korean Journal of Medical Education 2009;21(4): 393-402. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2009.21.4.393
의학전문대학원생과 의과대학생의 전문 과목 선택에 영향을 미치는 요인 비교
이지혜1, 김건일2, 박귀화3, 윤소정4
1부산대학교 의학전문대학원
2부산대학교 의학전문대학원 영상의학과
3가천의과학대학교 의학전문대학원 의학교육실
4부산대학교 교수학습지원센터
Differences in Factors Affecting Medical Specialty Choices between Medical College Students and Graduate Medical School Students
Ji Hye Lee1, Gun Il Kim2, Kwi Hwa Park3, So-Joung Yune4
1Pusan National University School of Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
2Department of Radiology, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea.
3Department of Medical Education Unit, Gachon University of Medicine & Science, Incheon, Korea.
4Department of Center for Teaching and Learning, Pusan National University, Busan, Korea.
Corresponding Author: So-Joung Yune, Tel: 051-510-3840, Fax: 051-514-2462, Email: cc139@pusan.ac.kr
Received: July 23, 2009;  Accepted: September 24, 2009.
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to compare the specialty preference and factors that affect choices of medical specialties between medical college students and graduate medical school students. METHODS: A self-administered questionnaire was conducted in 563 medical students, and 482 (graduates: 199, undergraduates: 283) responded (response rate, 85.61%). The students completed a brief survey, which included 39 items that sampled their demographic data, career choice, and factors that influenced their choice. RESULTS: Most students in medical college and graduate medical school preferred clinical medicine. Graduate medical school students preferred internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine. In contrast, medical college students preferred neurology, family medicine, and psychiatry. Important factors that affected the selection of specialties were seniors' advice, advice of other students, clerkship experiences, and specialty experiences. CONCLUSION: This result shows that there are differences in the factors that affect the selection of medical specialties between medical college students and graduate medical school students. But, the opportunity to explore future careers and to consult their choice of specialty, in accordance with the needs and characteristics of individual students, must be provided for all medical students.
Keywords: Medical specialty preference;Medical college students;Graduate medical school students
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