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Psychological factors determining success in a medical career: A 10-year longitudinal study.
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PMID:  21345056     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Background: Systemic review of predictors of success in medical career is an important tool to recognize the indicators of proper training. Aim: To determine psychological factors that predict success in a medical career. The success is defined as professional competence, satisfaction with medicine as a career, occupational stress and burnout and quality of life (QOF). Methods: Part I (1999-2005), medical students were examined each subsequent year, beginning with admission. Assessment included academic achievement (high school final examination results, entrance exam results, academic results during medical school) and psychological characteristics (sense of coherence (SOC), depression, anxiety, coping styles, value system and need for social approval). Part II (2008-2009), the same participants completed an Internet survey 4 years after graduation. Results of the postgraduate medical exam were taken under consideration. Results: Academic achievement predicts only professional competence. Coping styles are significant indicators of satisfaction with medicine as a career. SOC, while assessed with anxiety and depression during studies, enabled us to recognize future QOF of medical graduates. Professional stress is not predictable to such an extent as other success indicators. Conclusions: There are significant psychological qualities useful to draw the outline of the future job and life performance of medical graduates.
Malgorzata Tartas; Maciej Walkiewicz; Mikolaj Majkowicz; Waldemar Budzinski
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical teacher     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1466-187X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Teach     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7909593     Medline TA:  Med Teach     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e163-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland.
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