Does Clerkship Experience Influence Interest In Internal Medicine Career?

Ekenze Oluchi Stella, Ekenze Sebastian Okwuchukwu, Onyebueze John Ugochukwu

Available online Oct 7, 2017.

[ Original ] Volume 26, Issue 2, 2017, Pages 132-137


Abstract

BACKGROUND: The career intention of undergraduate medical students may be influenced by the clerkship experience in the various specialties.

AIM:This study was undertaken to assess the medical student's perception of the internal medicine clerkship and determine its influence in the choice of internal medicine as a career.

METHODS:The study involved a cross-sectional survey of 2009 and 2010 graduating medical class of University of Nigeria using self-administered questionnaires.The clerkship evaluation was assessed using a 3-point Likert scale (1=poor and 3 excellent).

RESULTS:The response rate was 70.3% (275/391).Sixty -five (23.6%) rated their medicine clerkship as excellent (mean rating 2.04).Aspects of the clerkship experience that contributed to the overall poor rating include quality of opportunity to participate in direct patient care, ability to manage problems in a general medicine setting, accessibility to consultants and feedback on performance during the postings.Experience in learning basic physical examination skills and overall quality of consultant teaching was considered excellent by 42.3% and 30.8% of the participants respectively. Twenty–six (9.5%) of the participants indicated interest in internal medicine while 96(35%), 43(15.6%) and 34(12.4%) chose surgery, paediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology respectively. Factors that swayed the choice of medicine were personal inclination (57.7%), clerkship experience (30.8%), diligence of faculty (7.7%),and lifestyle (3.8%).

CONCLUSION: Clerkship experience may not be the main factor influencing choice of internal medicine. However, a review of clerkship in internal medicine may improve experience and enhance choice of internal medicine as a specialty among medical students.


Keywords

clerkship, career choice, internal medicine, medical students,

April - June, 2017

Volume 26 | Issue 2

Page Nos. 132-137

Online since Oct 3, 2017

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