Skip to main content

Table 2 The primary and secondary motivation for choosing a career in the medical field

From: Perceptions of newly admitted undergraduate medical students on experiential training on community placements and working in rural areas of Uganda

Reason Number and percentage of respondents
Primary reason  
To save lives 22 (20.2)
Desire to serve others or help others 21 (19.3)
Fulfilling a childhood dream 24 (22.0)
Prestige 7 (6.4)
Money, attractive salary or job security 4 (3.7)
High disease burden, few doctors are available or desire to improve health standard 22 (20.2)
None given 9 (8.3)
Secondary reason  
To save lives or help others 37 (33.9)
Prestige or attractive salary 17 (15.6)
Few health workers or high disease burden 9 (8.3)
Curiosity, desire to do research on humans or fulfilling a childhood dream 10 (9.2)
None given 34 (33.0)
Career guidance and mentorship for trainees  
Received career guidance  
Yes 93 (85.3)
No 14 (12.8)
Has a mentor  
Yes 63 (57.8)
No 36 (33.0)
No response 10 (9.2)
Primary mentor role (n = 107)  
Inspires 6 (5.5)
Supports materially or financially 17 (15.6)
Offers guidance or advice 28 (25.7)
Acts as a role model 3 (2.8)
No role given 55 (50.5)
Secondary role (n = 107)  
Motivates, encourages or advises 31 (28.4)
Financial or material support 13 (11.9)
Role model 3 (2.8)