Career choice, professional education and development

Section edited by Trevor Lambert and Christopher Roberts

This section considers manuscripts with a focus on the career paths chosen by medical students as well as manuscripts that focus on continuing medical education and professional development.

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  1. Research article

    Enhancing medical students’ reflectivity in mentoring groups for professional development – a qualitative analysis

    Professional competence is important in delivering high quality patient care, and it can be enhanced by reflection and reflective discourse e.g. in mentoring groups. However, students are often reluctant thoug...

    Gabriele Lutz, Nina Pankoke, Hadass Goldblatt, Marzellus Hofmann and Michaela Zupanic

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:122

    Published on: 14 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Effectiveness of distance learning strategies for continuing professional development (CPD) for rural allied health practitioners: a systematic review

    Allied health professionals working in rural areas face unique challenges, often with limited access to resources. Accessing continuing professional development is one of those challenges and is related to ret...

    Angela Berndt, Carolyn M. Murray, Kate Kennedy, Mandy J. Stanley and Susan Gilbert-Hunt

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:117

    Published on: 12 July 2017

  3. Research article

    Exploring intentions of physician-scientist trainees: factors influencing MD and MD/PhD interest in research careers

    Prior studies have described the career paths of physician-scientist candidates after graduation, but the factors that influence career choices at the candidate stage remain unclear. Additionally, previous wor...

    Jennifer M. Kwan, Dania Daye, Mary Lou Schmidt, Claudia Morrissey Conlon, Hajwa Kim, Bilwaj Gaonkar, Aimee S. Payne, Megan Riddle, Sharline Madera, Alexander J. Adami and Kate Quinn Winter

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:115

    Published on: 11 July 2017

  4. Research article

    The effect of patient death on medical students in the emergency department

    The emotional consequences of patient deaths on physicians have been studied in a variety of medical settings. Reactions to patient death include distress, guilt, and grief. Comparatively, there are few studie...

    Nicholas J. Batley, Rinad Bakhti, Ali Chami, Elsy Jabbour, Rana Bachir, Christopher El Khuri and Afif J. Mufarrij

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:110

    Published on: 10 July 2017

  5. Research article

    “Location is surprisingly a lot more important than you think”: a critical thematic analysis of push and pull factor messaging used on Caribbean offshore medical school websites

    Offshore medical schools are for-profit, private enterprises located in the Caribbean that provide undergraduate medical education to students who must leave the region for postgraduate training and also typic...

    Jeffrey Morgan, Valorie A. Crooks, Carla Jackie Sampson and Jeremy Snyder

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:99

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  6. Research article

    Health care professionals from developing countries report educational benefits after an online diabetes course

    Medical education is a cornerstone in the global combat against diseases such as diabetes and obesity which together affect more than 500 million humans. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are educational too...

    Nicolai J. Wewer Albrechtsen, Kristina W. Poulsen, Lærke Ø. Svensson, Lasse Jensen, Jens J. Holst and Signe S. Torekov

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:97

    Published on: 31 May 2017

  7. Research article

    Medical students’ career choices, preference for placement, and attitudes towards the role of medical instruction in Ethiopia

    In Ethiopia, the health care delivery and the system of medical education have been expanding rapidly. However, in spite of the expansion, no studies have been carried out among medical students to identify th...

    Tsion Assefa, Damen Haile Mariam, Wubegzier Mekonnen and Miliard Derbew

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:96

    Published on: 30 May 2017

  8. Research article

    Physician job satisfaction related to actual and preferred job size

    Job satisfaction is essential for physicians’ well-being and patient care. The work ethic of long days and hard work that has been advocated for decades is acknowledged as a threat for physicians’ job satisfac...

    Lodewijk J. Schmit Jongbloed, Janke Cohen-Schotanus, Jan C. C. Borleffs, Roy E. Stewart and Johanna Schönrock-Adema

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:86

    Published on: 11 May 2017

  9. Research article

    Internal medicine board certification and career pathways in Japan

    Establishing and managing a board certification system is a common concern for many countries. In Japan, the board certification system is under revision. The purpose of this study was to describe present stat...

    Soichi Koike, Masatoshi Matsumoto, Hiroo Ide, Hideaki Kawaguchi, Masahisa Shimpo and Hideo Yasunaga

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:83

    Published on: 8 May 2017

  10. Research article

    Unto the third generation: evidence for strong familial aggregation of physicians, psychologists, and psychotherapists among first-year medical and psychology students in a nationwide Austrian cohort census

    Medical students present higher numbers of physician relatives than expectable from the total population prevalence of physicians. Evidence for such a familial aggregation effect of physicians has emerged in i...

    Ulrich S. Tran, Nina Berger, Martin E. Arendasy, Tobias Greitemeyer, Monika Himmelbauer, Florian Hutzler, Hans-Georg Kraft, Karl Oettl, Ilona Papousek, Oliver Vitouch and Martin Voracek

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:81

    Published on: 3 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Development and psychometric testing of an instrument to compare career choice influences and perceptions of nursing among healthcare students

    With the availability of more healthcare courses and an increased intake of nursing students, education institutions are facing challenges to attract school leavers to enter nursing courses. The comparison of ...

    Sok Ying Liaw, Ling Ting Wu, Violeta Lopez, Yeow Leng Chow, Siriwan Lim, Eleanor Holroyd, Khoon Kiat Tan and Wenru Wang

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:72

    Published on: 27 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Institutional factors affecting participation in national faculty development programs: a nation-wide investigation of medical schools

    Medical schools have used faculty development programs as an essential means to improve the instruction of faculty members. Thus far, however, participating in such programs has been largely voluntary for indi...

    Do-Hwan Kim, Jinyoung Hwang, Seunghee Lee and Jwa-Seop Shin

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:48

    Published on: 28 February 2017

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