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dc.contributor.authorAnh, Nguyen Thi Van-
dc.contributor.authorKönings, Karen D.-
dc.contributor.authorScherpbier, Albert J. J. A.-
dc.contributor.authorWright, Pamela-
dc.contributor.authorNgoc, Luu Hoat-
dc.contributor.authorMerriënboer, Jeroen J. G. van-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Challenges in recruiting and retaining medical staf in preventive medical specialties have recently been the subject of numerous studies. To improve selection procedures, it is important to understand the career preferences and incentives of students in preventive medicine (PM), who initially marked the program as either their frst choice or second choice. 1386 PM students in four Vietnamese medical schools participated in a survey using a structured, written questionnaire. Students were asked about their reasons for entering medical school and studying PM, their perceptions of PM during the academic course, and their expected career path following graduation. Results: First-choice PM students (group 1) more often had siblings working as a preventive doctor, while secondchoice PM students’ siblings (group 2) were more often medical students or clinical doctors. Group 1 had gathered more information about PM by consulting their high-school teachers and the national career guide. They were mainly drawn to the PM program by the newness of the profession, the prospect of a high-income job, its low entry criteria and low study burden compared to general medicine, their desire to uphold their family tradition, and to fulfll their family’s wish of having a doctor in the family. Group 2 chose to study PM because they wanted to pursue their dream of becoming a doctor. Compared to the frst group, their perception of PM more frequently changed during the later years of the curriculum and they more frequently envisioned becoming a clinical doctor following graduation. Conclusions: Interest in and motivation for PM may be cultivated among prospective or current students by improving information provision, difusing knowledge, and otherwise acquainting students better with the PM specialty before and during the
dc.relation.ispartofseriesBMC Research Notes;Volume 10, Issue 383-
dc.subjectCareer choicevi
dc.subjectPreventive medicinevi
dc.subjectSecond choicevi
dc.subjectFirst choicevi
dc.titlePreventive medicine as a first- or second-choice course: a cross-sectional survey into students’ motivational differences and implications for information
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