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Perception, career choice and self-efficacy of UK medical students and junior doctors in urology

Perception, career choice and self-efficacy of UK medical students and junior doctors in urology
Perception, career choice and self-efficacy of UK medical students and junior doctors in urology
Introduction: there is a growing concern about the reduced clinical exposure to urology at undergraduate level in the United Kingdom. As a consequence, the competencies of junior doctors are considered inadequate. The views of these doctors in training towards urology remain under reported.

Methods: a modified Delphi method was employed to construct a questionnaire. Given the rise of social media as a platform for scientific discussion, participants were recruited via a social networking site. Outcomes assessed included career preference, exposure to urology, perceived male dominance, and confidence at core procedures.

Results: in total, 412 and 66 responses were collected from medical students and junior doctors, respectively. Overall, 41% of participants felt that they had received a good level of clinical exposure to urology as part of their training and 15% were considering a career in this speciality. Female students were significantly less likely to consider urology as a career option (p < 0.01). Of these, 37% of the students felt confident at male catheterization and 46% of students regarded urology as a male-dominated speciality.

Conclusions: urology is perceived as male dominated and is the least likely surgical speciality to be pursued as a career option according to our survey. Increased exposure to urology at the undergraduate level and dedicated workshops for core urological procedures are needed to address these challenges.

Journal Article
1911-6470
E573-E578
Jones, Patrick
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Rai, Bhavan Prasad
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Qazi, Hasan A R
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Jones, Patrick, Rai, Bhavan Prasad, Qazi, Hasan A R, Somani, Bhaskar K and Nabi, Ghulam (2015) Perception, career choice and self-efficacy of UK medical students and junior doctors in urology. Canadian Urological Association Journal, 9 (9-10), E573-E578. (doi:10.5489/cuaj.2919).

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Abstract

Introduction: there is a growing concern about the reduced clinical exposure to urology at undergraduate level in the United Kingdom. As a consequence, the competencies of junior doctors are considered inadequate. The views of these doctors in training towards urology remain under reported.

Methods: a modified Delphi method was employed to construct a questionnaire. Given the rise of social media as a platform for scientific discussion, participants were recruited via a social networking site. Outcomes assessed included career preference, exposure to urology, perceived male dominance, and confidence at core procedures.

Results: in total, 412 and 66 responses were collected from medical students and junior doctors, respectively. Overall, 41% of participants felt that they had received a good level of clinical exposure to urology as part of their training and 15% were considering a career in this speciality. Female students were significantly less likely to consider urology as a career option (p < 0.01). Of these, 37% of the students felt confident at male catheterization and 46% of students regarded urology as a male-dominated speciality.

Conclusions: urology is perceived as male dominated and is the least likely surgical speciality to be pursued as a career option according to our survey. Increased exposure to urology at the undergraduate level and dedicated workshops for core urological procedures are needed to address these challenges.

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Published date: 2 October 2015
Keywords: Journal Article

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Local EPrints ID: 419246
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/419246
ISSN: 1911-6470
PURE UUID: 6b0f37a6-53a9-4f5f-8bec-eab399ef2d79

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Last modified: 14 Oct 2019 17:10

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Author: Patrick Jones
Author: Bhavan Prasad Rai
Author: Hasan A R Qazi
Author: Ghulam Nabi

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