Recruitment of graduated young physicians has different barriers in Iraq. Consequently, valuation of the attitudes of medical students on the way to their future career is essential for development purpose. A cross-sectional study was designed to evaluate the viewpoints of 150 medical students through a class distributed questionnaires, then the collected data were analyzed. Totally, 104 out of 150 students (69.33%) had responded to the questionnaires with variation in the percentages of responded students 74.28%, 64%, 70.76% for year 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. Variations were seen between student’s answers within the same year and different years. The principle factors for selecting to study medicine were as follow: student high grades of matriculation (53.84%, 68.75% and 71.73%), their satisfaction 76.92 %, 68.75 %, 50 % and to meet parents desires 30.76%, 50%, 65.21 % for year 4th, 5th and 6th respectively. However, the percentages of students that forced to study medicine ascendingly were 3.84, 15.62 and 30.43 for 4th, 5th and 6th years respectively. Moreover, there were relatively a good percentage descending 32.6%, 31.25 %, 23.07 % for year 6th, 5th and 4th years respectively of student that feel sorrow and disappointed because they decided to be at college of medicine. Meanwhile, high percentages of students had negative viewpoint towards their medical career and lost their acumen and intelligence were 34.61%, 28.12%, 32.6 % for 4th, 5th and 6th years. In conclusion, this study approved the variation in presence of negative and positive attitude between medical students toward their future career.
Keywords: Attitude; Career; Matriculation; Medicine; Parent’s desires
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American Journal of BioMedicine Volume 7, Issue 7, pages 317-323
Received February 24, 2019; accepted June 17, 2019; published July 22, 2019
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Hussein KO. Perception of medical students on their future career: a cross sectional study. American Journal of BioMedicine 2019;7(7):317-323.
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