To understand how medical student attitudes, academic performance, clinical success, and personality are related to career choice.
US medical students now are less likely to make their career in general surgery. Even if they match in a residency in general surgery, about 20% drop out, and many go on to be specialists.
The lack of general surgeons translates to a staffing shortage. It is important to figure out why students are avoiding choosing a career in general surgery.
Our research has found that medical students avoid choosing a career in general surgery mainly due to lack of controllable lifestyle. This is true for both male and female students.
Our research has also found that medical students who choose general surgery as a career have made up their minds prior to entering medical school that they want this career. Their experience in medical school does not influence them.
Despite beliefs to the contrary, there is no “surgeon” personality. Surgeons have all types of personalities.
This has been an ongoing line of research in collaboration with Dr. Steven Goldin, now Professor of Surgery at University of South Florida College of Medicine.
From the beginning of the project, the company has assisted Dr. Goldin with the following:
Designing the initial protocol for a longitudinal study of medical students
Assisting with study design, statistical analysis, and IRB issues
Directing data collection and data analysis
Developing scientific manuscripts and presentations
Promoting cross-disciplinary research with experts in the field of psychology
Cannarozzi ML, Wahi MM, Nixon LL, Goldin SB. Student professionalism did not increase with the implementation of a curriculum promoting AAMC professionalism domains in the Integrated Inpatient Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Junior Clerkship. Presented as a poster presentation at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine, May 13-19, 2009.