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Career choice, professional education and development

Section edited by 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. Content type: Research article

    Motivational interviewing (MI) is internationally recognised as an effective intervention to facilitate health-related behaviour change; although, how it is best implemented and maintained in everyday clinical...

    Authors: David Lim, Adrian Schoo, Sharon Lawn and John Litt

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:164

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  2. Content type: Research article

    In China, the shortage of doctors leads to stressful clinical work and increasing turnover. Medical students undergoing postgraduate specialty training will be the country’s medical workforce in the coming dec...

    Authors: Lu Tian, Juncai Pu, Yiyun Liu, Xiaogang Zhong, Siwen Gui, Xuemian Song, Shaohua Xu, Xinyu Zhou, Haiyang Wang, Wei Zhou, Jianjun Chen and Peng Xie

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:162

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Summer student research programs (SSRPs) serve to generate student interest in research and a clinician-scientist career path. This study sought to understand the composition of existing medically-related Cana...

    Authors: Sagar Patel, Catharine M. Walsh and Jacob A. Udell

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:140

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Lack of providers in surgery, anesthesia, and obstetrics (SAO) is a primary driver of limited surgical capacity worldwide. We aimed to identify predictors of entry into Surgery, Anesthesia, and Obstetrics and ...

    Authors: Aline Gil Alves Guilloux, Jania A. Ramos, Isabelle Citron, Lina Roa, Julia Amundson, Benjamin B. Massenburg, Saurabh Saluja, Bruno Alonso Miotto, Nivaldo Alonso and Mario César Scheffer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:136

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Healthcare professionals are recommended to use evidence-based practice (EBP) principles to update and improve clinical practice. Well-designed educational initiatives, together with practice and feedback oppo...

    Authors: Sharon Mickan, Joanne Hilder, Rachel Wenke and Rae Thomas

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:131

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Producing a sufficient quantity of quality items for use in medical school examinations is a continuing challenge in medical education. We conducted this scoping review to identify barriers and facilitators to...

    Authors: Sowmiya Karthikeyan, Elizabeth O’Connor and Wendy Hu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:123

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  7. Content type: Research article

    The aims of this study were to identify factors influencing participation in global health electives during residency and to understand the career impact of global health electives on alumni of an Obstetrics a...

    Authors: Suha Patel, Khady Diouf, Julianna Schantz-Dunn and Nawal M. Nour

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:103

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Despite the growing evidence of a negative impact of medical school on students’ health and well-being, little is known about protective factors for staying healthy and well during medical education. Therefore...

    Authors: Thomas Kötter, Stephan Fuchs, Marcus Heise, Henna Riemenschneider, Linda Sanftenberg, Christian Vajda and Karen Voigt

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:94

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    As social change agents (SCAs), occupational therapists (OTs) are expected to defend the rights of their clients, advocate for and with them, and try to influence organizational and political decision-makers. ...

    Authors: Sarah Rahimaly, Michaël Beaudoin, Denis Bédard, Anne Hudon, Emmanuelle Jasmin, France Verville and Annie Carrier

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:92

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  10. Content type: Debate

    There is a worldwide shortage of health care workers. This problem is particularly severe in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries because of shortages in certain medical disciplines, due to a lack of n...

    Authors: Javaid I. Sheikh, Sohaila Cheema, Karima Chaabna, Albert B. Lowenfels and Ravinder Mamtani

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:83

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  11. Content type: Research article

    The translation of research into clinical practice is a key component of evidence-informed decision making. We implemented a multi-component dissemination and implementation strategy for healthcare professiona...

    Authors: Aislinn Conway, Maura Dowling and Declan Devane

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:75

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-informed practice is fundamental to the delivery of high quality health care. Delays and gaps in the translation of research into practice can impact negatively on patient care. Previous studies have ...

    Authors: Aislinn Conway, Maura Dowling, Áine Binchy, Jane Grosvenor, Margaret Coohill, Deirdre Naughton, Jean James and Declan Devane

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:74

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Rising numbers of patients with multiple-conditions and complex care needs mean that it is increasingly important for doctors from different specialty areas to work together, alongside other members of the mul...

    Authors: E. Muddiman, A. D. Bullock, J. M. Hampton, L. Allery, J. MacDonald, K. L. Webb and L. Pugsley

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:59

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  14. Content type: Research article

    During professional identity formation (PIF), medical students and young doctors enter the process of socialization in medicine with their preexisting personal identities. Here, the authors focused on how gend...

    Authors: Tomoko Matsui, Motoki Sato, Yoko Kato and Hiroshi Nishigori

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:55

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Clinical teaching plays a crucial role in the transition of medical students into the world of professional practice. Faculty development initiatives contribute to strengthening clinicians’ approach to teachin...

    Authors: Julia Blitz, Marietjie de Villiers and Susan van Schalkwyk

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:49

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Compassion is an essential component of good quality care. Compassion towards people with dementia in health systems is often suboptimal, which can have negative impacts on clinical outcomes and patient experi...

    Authors: Ben Bickford, Stephanie Daley, Gillian Sleater, Molly Hebditch and Sube Banerjee

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:35

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Worldwide, many undergraduate general practice curricula include community-based courses at general practitioners’ (GPs’) offices. Usually the academic general practice departments collaborate with networks of...

    Authors: Tobias Deutsch, Marcus Winter, Stefan Lippmann, Anne-Kathrin Geier, Kristin Braun and Thomas Frese

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:33

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  18. Content type: Research article

    The “Second Stage of the Physician Exam” at the end of the 5th year of medical school in Germany is the final step before the “Practical Year.” An exam preparatory class can cover the complete content of Obste...

    Authors: Fabian Riedel, Maximilian Riedel, Alexander Freis, Joerg Heil, Michael Golatta, Florian Schuetz, Christof Sohn and André Hennigs

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:24

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  19. Content type: Research article

    The self-efficacy of educators plays a crucial role in their professional competence and subsequent provision of care. The present study aims to explain the main sources contributing to the development of self...

    Authors: Fereshteh Zamani-Alavijeh, Marzieh Araban, Tayebeh Fasihi Harandy, Fatemeh Bastami and Mohammad Almasian

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:16

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Structured journal clubs are a widely used tool to promote evidence-based practice in health professionals, however some journal clubs (JC) are more effectively sustained than others. To date, little research ...

    Authors: Rachel Wenke, Katherine O’Shea, Jo Hilder, Rae Thomas and Sharon Mickan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:6

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Medical education leaders are important for educational quality in postgraduate medical education. Their work tasks are complex and contain different components. However, factors that are influencing leaders´ ...

    Authors: Hanna Wijk, Sari Ponzer, Kristiina Heikkilä, Lars Kihlström and Jonas Nordquist

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2019 19:3

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  22. Content type: Research article

    This study investigated perceived preparedness to practice, one year after graduation across osteopathic education institutions (OEIs) and explored possible differences between countries where osteopathy is re...

    Authors: E. Luciani, G. Consorti, P. L. S. van Dun, O. Merdy, C. Lunghi, M. Petracca, J. E. Esteves and F. Cerritelli

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:319

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Evidence-based practice (EBP) enhances healthcare services and keeps providers current with best practices. EBP has been adopted and spread worldwide. However, people will not apply it if they do not know, und...

    Authors: Hiep Thi Dao, Sopa Pichaiyongwongdee, Patricia E. Sullivan, Saipin Prasertsukdee and Benjawan Apinonkul

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:317

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  24. Content type: Research article

    The UK faces geographical variation in the recruitment of doctors. Understanding where medical graduates choose to go for training is important because doctors are more likely to consider practicing in areas w...

    Authors: Ben Kumwenda, Jennifer A. Cleland, Gordon J. Prescott, Kim A. Walker and Peter W. Johnston

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:314

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  25. Content type: Research article

    High levels of work engagement protect against burnout. This can be supported through the work environment and by faculty themselves when they try to improve their work environment. As a result, they can becom...

    Authors: Joost W. van den Berg, Christel P. M. Verberg, Albert J. J. A. Scherpbier, A. Debbie C. Jaarsma, Onyebuchi A. Arah and Kiki M. J. M. H. Lombarts

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:312

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Competency frameworks that prompt personal and professional development have become an important component of lifelong learning; they are driven by healthcare professionals’ need for development and profession...

    Authors: Margita Držaić, Ingrid Kummer, Iva Mucalo, Andreia Bruno and Maja Ortner Hadžiabdić

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:303

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The Swedish healthcare system has an increased need for nurses and physicians, and the number of International Educated Nurses (IENs) and International Medical Graduates (IMGs) seeking job opportunities and a ...

    Authors: Elisabet Eriksson, Sören Berg and Maria Engström

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:296

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  28. Content type: Research article

    For academic physicians, teaching represents an essential skill. The proliferation of educator training programs aimed at residents and medical students signals the increasing commitment of training programs t...

    Authors: Jakob I. McSparron, Grace C. Huang and Eli M. Miloslavsky

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:221

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  29. Content type: Research article

    Current postgraduate medical training programmes fall short regarding residents’ development of generic competencies (communication, collaboration, leadership, professionalism) and reflective and deliberate pr...

    Authors: Kirsten Dijkhuizen, Jacqueline Bustraan, Arnout J. de Beaufort, Sophie I. Velthuis, Erik W. Driessen and Jan M. M. van Lith

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:207

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  30. Content type: Research article

    There is a strong and growing interest in biomedical ethics and medical humanities (BEMH) within medical education for facilitating key components of medical professionalism and ethics, clinical communication ...

    Authors: Emily Yang Liu, Jason Neil Batten, Sylvia Bereknyei Merrell and Audrey Shafer

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:204

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Sierra Leone is pursuing multiple initiatives to establish in-country postgraduate medical education (PGME), as part of national efforts to strengthen the health workforce. This paper explored the career prefe...

    Authors: Aniek Woodward, Euphemia Gooding Lake, Natarajan Rajaraman and Andrew Leather

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:199

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Significant investment has been undertaken by many countries into ‘Rural Clinical Training Placement Schemes’ for medical students in order to deal with shortages of trained health care professionals in rural ...

    Authors: George E. Johnson, Fredrick Clive Wright and Kirsty Foster

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:196

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia. Over half of patients with dementia are undiagnosed in primary care. This paper describes the development, implementation and initial evaluation of t...

    Authors: Heike Schütze, Allan Shell and Henry Brodaty

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:194

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  34. Content type: Research article

    Research on student wellness has highlighted the importance of self-care for medical students; however, scholars have yet to identify the extent to which self-reported engagement in self-care behaviors is asso...

    Authors: Erin E. Ayala, Jeffrey S. Winseman, Ryan D. Johnsen and Hyacinth R. C. Mason

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:189

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Human resources for eye health are inequitably distributed in most developing countries including Ghana. In spite of this, most eye care workers are concentrated in urban areas to the disadvantage of rural dwe...

    Authors: Samuel Bert Boadi-Kusi, Samuel Kyei, Vandyke Bright Okyere and Sampson Listowell Abu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:188

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  36. Content type: Research article

    The number of female trainees in MD and biomedical PhD programs has reached near parity with their male counterparts for several years. However, a gender disparity persists for enrollment in Medical Scientist ...

    Authors: Caitlin J. Bowen, Calvin J. Kersbergen, Olive Tang, Andrea Cox and Mary Catherine Beach

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:187

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Residency prepares trainees to deliver clinical care. It’s unknown if there is adequate career preparation, particularly for academic medicine. Prior literature has shown that interest in pursuing an academic ...

    Authors: Jaime Jordan, Michael Hwang and Wendy C. Coates

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:184

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  38. Content type: Research article

    This study was carried out to gauge the prevalence of academic dishonesty among academics in Malaysian universities. A direct comparison was made between academics of healthcare and non-healthcare courses to n...

    Authors: John Jeh Lung Tiong, Hui Ling Kho, Chun-Wai Mai, Hui Ling Lau and Syed Shahzad Hasan

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:168

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Against the background of the recruitment crisis in general practice, we aimed to determine what United Kingdom (UK) medical students value in their future careers, how they perceive careers in general practic...

    Authors: Sarah Barber, Rachel Brettell, Rafael Perera-Salazar, Trisha Greenhalgh and Richard Harrington

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:160

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  40. Content type: Research article

    The complexity of patients’ condition and treatment processes in intensive care units (ICUs) predisposes patients to more hazardous events. Effective patient safety culture is related to lowering the rate of p...

    Authors: Maryam Amiri, Zahra Khademian and Reza Nikandish

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:158

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  41. Content type: Research article

    The goals of this study were (1) to determine early intervention (EI) Speech-Language Pathologists’ (SLPs) level of training and knowledge on environmental toxicants and their effect on infant and child develo...

    Authors: Emily Zimmerman, Catherine Borkowski, Stephanie Clark and Phil Brown

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:155

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Work based learning underpins the training and CPD of medical practitioners. Medical audit operates on two levels; individual self-assessment and professional/practice development. In Ireland, annual practice ...

    Authors: Marie Claire Van Hout, Des Crowley, Aoife McBride and Ide Delargy

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:153

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Over the last two decades medical schools have increased rural practice learning opportunities for students in an effort to improve recruitment to the rural workforce. James Cook University’s (JCU) medical sch...

    Authors: Robin A. Ray, Louise Young and Daniel Lindsay

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:147

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  44. Content type: Research article

    There is a compelling need for management training amongst hospital managers in Nigeria mostly because management was never a part of the curricula in medical schools and this has resulted in their deficiencie...

    Authors: Ogbonnia Godfrey Ochonma and Stephen Ikechukwu Nwatu

    Citation: BMC Medical Education 2018 18:138

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2017 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    1.511 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.938 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.169 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    0.765 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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