Education for Health

: 2014  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 64--65

Career intentions of medical students trained in India

Harinatha Sreekar1, Raghunath Nithya2, Raghunath Nikhitha3, Harinatha Sreeharsha4,  
1 Department of General Surgery, MVJ Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Dermatology, MVJ Medical College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Community Dentistry, Oxford Dental College, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
4 Department of Urology, Consultant Urologist, Fortis Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Dr. Harinatha Sreekar
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, Karnataka

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Sreekar H, Nithya R, Nikhitha R, Sreeharsha H. Career intentions of medical students trained in India.Educ Health 2014;27:64-65

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Dear Editor,

We read with great interest the article by Burch and colleagues [1] regarding career intentions of medical students in Sub-Saharan Africa. Similarly, we have assessed patterns among medical students in India in choosing their career options. We created and administered an online survey using Google documents. Topics addressed included students' intentions to undertake postgraduate training, geographic location of intended training and clinical practice intentions. A total of 1648 final year MBBS students responded (out of 3200) from 53 medical colleges. Analysis revealed some interesting and unexpected findings.

The average age of respondents was 23.1 years with 71% male. Just over 82% (1353) indicated intentions to undertake postgraduate training, with the most popular disciplines being general surgery, internal medicine, orthopedics and radiology [Figure 1] and [Figure 2]. Family or community medicine and public health were the least popular career options (3.3%). The most preferred location for postgraduate training was India (78%) with 7% wanting to train in the United Kingdom (n = 95), 6.4% in the USA (n = 87) and 3.7% in Australia (n = 28). The most common reasons stated for staying in India were career options and family. Respondents wishing to go abroad for postgraduation stated the lack of high end infrastructure in hospitals as their prime concern.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}

The study provided us with valuable insights into the mindset of young doctors. The specialty preferences of students and their intention to stay in India highlight the consistent progress made in the field of health care and education. [2],[3] Nevertheless, more needs to be done to both understand career paths and choices of students as well as develop infrastructure to address the goals and needs of medical students.


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