Factors that influence Medical Student to study Medicine

Dr. Abdullah AlEssa

National Guard Program  – Riyadh 2014/2015

Introduction:

In saudia arabia the influential factors and reasons for choosing the medicine as career has been taking a big part of concern for both medical students and Saudi workforce planning. As it may affect student learning, a ,academic performance and imbalance distribution of medical students in national community. Therefore we carried out this study to determine the factors that may influence students decision to study medicine.

 Methodology:

The questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey investigating why the students opt to study medicine among student of college of medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz university for health science. The study sample consisted of 300 medical students The study was carried out during the academic year 2015. The questionnaire consisted of The Socio-demographic, Family Characteristics Satisfaction among medical students influential factors and the reasons for choosing the medicine as career. Possible influences were selected on the basis of a literature review and discussions with groups of medical students .

Result:

The influential factors for choosing the medicine as career were the interested in science (75.4% of medical students), influenced by being one of the top 10 in their class (49%), influenced primarily by family (34.7%), influenced by media (16.7%) and influenced by friends (13.4%). The reasons for selecting the college of medicine were Medicine profession is prestigious (92%), the desire to help others (78.7%), Financially rewarding (71.3%), wishes to be a doctor (66.3%), Guaranteed employment (64%), a big chance that work in big city (45.3%), Personal exposure to medicine (34.7%), Member of family in medicine field (30%), Easy to get access to medicine (17.7%). The satisfaction among the medical students was 75 %.

 Conclusion:

The interested in science and influenced by being one of the top 10 in the class were the most influential factors and the most important reasons for choosing the medicine as career were Medicine profession is prestigious, the desire to help others, Financially rewarding, wishes to be a doctor and Guaranteed employment for medical students of the college of medicine at King Saud bin Abdulaziz university for health science in Riyadh .

 Key wards: Factors that influence, Medical Student, opt, study Medicine, as a career .

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