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Type: Journal article
Title: Academics of the future? A survey of final year medical students
Author: Galletly, C.
Chur-Hansen, A.
Air, T.
Chapman, I.
Citation: Australasian Psychiatry, 2009; 17(6):502-505
Publisher: Informa Healthcare-Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1039-8562
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Cherrie Galletly, Anna Chur-Hansen, Tracy Air and Ian Chapman
Abstract: Objective: The aim of this study was to survey fi nal year medical students at an Australian medical school about their views and experiences regarding academic medicine. Methods: A four page questionnaire was developed and administered to each group of fi nal (6th) year medical students upon completion of their psychiatry rotation. Results: For 82% clinical teaching would probably or defi nitely be part of their future careers, while 63% expected that they would undertake formal teaching. Thirty-three percent of students anticipated limited or no involvement in research. While 26% of students expected that they would undertake a higher degree, only 13% were interested in pursuing an academic career. Conclusions: The dearth of academics in medicine and in psychiatry in particular is of considerable concern. This study provides some possible avenues for further exploration to address this professional challenge.
Keywords: academic medicine
medical education
medical students
DOI: 10.1080/10398560903284935
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