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Views of doctors in training on the importance and availability of career advice in UK medicine.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17470075     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether doctors in their first year after qualification wanted career advice, and, if so, whether they thought they had been able to obtain useful advice, and whether older doctors thought that adequate career advice had been available to them. METHODS: We carried out a postal questionnaire survey of all UK medical graduates of 1988, 1993, 1996, 1999 and 2002, and a 25% random sample of the graduates of 2000. RESULTS: The response rate was 67.4% (24 261/35 976 mailed questionnaires). Of doctors in the first postgraduate year, 95% agreed that: 'It is important to be given career advice at this stage of training.' A total of 38% disagreed with the statement: 'I have been able to obtain useful career advice since graduation.' Of more experienced doctors surveyed between 3 and 11 years after graduation, 34% agreed that: 'Making career choices has been made more difficult by inadequate career advice.' CONCLUSIONS: The great majority of junior doctors want career advice after qualification. It cannot be assumed that they are able to seek it out for themselves satisfactorily. Career advice needs to be planned into postgraduate work and training.
Trevor W Lambert; Michael J Goldacre
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical education     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0308-0110     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Educ     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-01     Completed Date:  2007-07-10     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605655     Medline TA:  Med Educ     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  460-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Career Choice*
Career Mobility*
Education, Medical, Graduate*
Great Britain
Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*

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