An international perspective on interest in a general surgery career among final-year medical students

Chandrakanth Are, Hugh A. Stoddard, Francesco Prete, Song Tianqiang, Lindsay M. Northam, Sharon Chan, Janet Lee, Pankaj Jani, Mladjan Protic, S. Venkateshwarulu, Abeezar Sarela, Jon S. Thompson

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Abstract

Background The level of interest in general surgery among US seniors has been declining; however, it may be perceived as a more attractive career outside the United States. Methods A survey was developed and distributed to students at medical schools in 8 countries. Results were analyzed to determine whether interest in general surgery was related to sex of the respondent or economic standing of the country. Results We noted differences in the level of interest in general surgery, ranging from 8% in Italy to 58% in India. As in the United States, there was a difference in the level of interest between sexes, with a male preponderance. Students from economically less developed countries expressed a greater interest in general surgery compared with students from countries with high development. Conclusions Our study suggested the level of interest for general surgery may depend on the sex and the location of the student. Further comparison studies may suggest means to stimulate student interest in the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)352-356
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Volume202
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Career choice
  • General surgery
  • International
  • Surgical career
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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