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Korean J Med Educ > Volume 6(1); 1994 > Article
Korean Journal of Medical Education 1994;6(1): 9-19. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.1994.6.1.9
Premedical Students' Motivations for a Career as a Physician
Pock Soo Kang, Seok Beom Kim, Tae Yong Hwang
College of Medicine, Yeungnam University, Korea.
The motivation and timing of the decision to be a physician were examined for premedical students of three universities in Taegu. The primary motivation for seeking a career in medicine was the spirit of service to mankind, but the economic reward was also important value. A number of students could not make a decision to enter a medical school just before admission test. There was a correlation between the motivation, timing and autonomy of decision to be a physician with the academic satisfaction of premedical students. The students who motivated by a spirit of service, made a decision earlier or got a autonomy in decision-making to enter a medical performed a better premedical preparation.
Keywords: premedical student;motivation
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