Studying medicine - a cross-sectional questionnaire-based analysis of the motivational factors which influence graduate and undergraduate entrants in Ireland

Sulong, S. and McGrath, D. and Finucane, P. and Horgan, M. and O'Flynn, S. and O'Tuathaigh, T. (2014) Studying medicine - a cross-sectional questionnaire-based analysis of the motivational factors which influence graduate and undergraduate entrants in Ireland. JRSM Open, 5 (4). ISSN -

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Abstract

Objectives The number of places available in Ireland for graduate entry to medical school has steadily increased since 2006. Few studies have, however, characterized the motivational factors underlying decision to study medicine via this route. We compared the factors motivating graduate entrants versus undergraduate entry (UGE) students to choose medicine as a course of study. Design The present study was a quantitative cross-sectional questionnaire-based investigation. Setting The study was conducted in University College Cork and University of Limerick, Ireland. Participants It involved 185 graduate entry (GE) and 120 UGE students. Outcome measures Questionnaires were distributed to students addressing the following areas: demographic/academic characteristics; factors influencing the selection of academic institution and motivation to study medicine; and the role of career guidance in choice of study. Results When asked to list reasons for selecting medicine, both groups listed a wish to help and work with people, and a desire to prevent and cure disease. UGE students were significantly more motivated by intellectual satisfaction, encouragement by family/friends, financial reasons, and professional independence. Approximately half of GE students selected their first degree with a view to potentially studying medicine in the future. GE and UGE students differed significantly with respect to sources consulted for career guidance and source of Studying medicine – a cross-sectional questionnaire-based analysis of the motivational factors which influence graduate and undergraduate entrants in Ireland - ResearchGate. Available from: http://www.researchgate.net/publication/264201588_Studying_medicine__a_cross-sectional_questionnaire-based_analysis_of_the_motivational_factors_which_influence_graduate_and_undergraduate_entrants_in_Ireland [accessed May 7, 2015].

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Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2015 19:09
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2015 16:33
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/3757

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