Academics of the future? A survey of final year medical students

C. Galletly, A. Chur-Hansen, T. Air, I. Chapman

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Objective: The aim of this study was to survey final year medical students at an Australian medical school about their views and experiences regarding academic medicine Methods: A four page questionnaire was developed and administered to each group of final (6th) year medical students upon completion of their psychiatry rotation Results: For 82% clinical teaching would probably or definitely be part of their future careers, while 63% expected that they would undertake formal teaching. Thirty-three percent of students anticipated limited or no involvement in research. While 26% of students expected that they would undertake a higher degree, only 13% were interested in pursuing an academic career Conclusions: The dearth of academics in medicine and in psychiatry in particular is of considerable concern. This study provides some possible avenues for further exploration to address this professional challenge.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-505
Number of pages4
JournalAustralas Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 2009
Externally publishedYes

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