Knowledge And Choice Of Medical Undergraduates In Pursuing Post Graduates And Super Speciality: An Original Research
Aim: The aim of this study is to investigate the knowledge and choice of medical undergraduates in pursuing postgraduates and super speciality programs, and to identify the factors that influence their decision-making. The study will also investigate the relationship between the quality of undergraduate education, mentorship and guidance, personal preferences and career goals, and the decision to pursue postgraduate or super specialty programs.
Methodology: This is a cross-sectional, observational study. Subjects were undergraduate medical students, at four different phases of their course. They were asked to fill an anonymous feedback form regarding their family and educational background and prospective fields of specialization and placement. Medium of education, interaction with faculty, practices of evaluation and feedback to and from students and use of media in teaching etc were also studied in order to gain an insight into the temporal progression of the thought process of undergraduates.
Results: Majority (70%) students wanted to study clinical subjects in post graduation. General Medicine and General Surgery were the most coveted specialties. Passion for the subject, monetary gains and how well the subject was taught were the three main bases for the choice of specialty. Majority of students wanted to serve in the government sector after study. Work life balance remained the top priority for more than 58% students in their future lives.
Conclusion: In conclusion, the decision to pursue postgraduate or super specialty programs is a complex one that is influenced by a variety of factors, including the quality of undergraduate education, the availability of mentorship and guidance, and personal preferences and career goals. Medical schools and organizations can support medical students by providing them with the resources and opportunities they need to make informed decisions about their future careers.