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

    Prevalence rates of childhood trauma in medical students: a systematic review

    It is known that medical students suffer from high rates of mental health difficulties. In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the need to improve support and treatment services for those in dif...

    Eimear King, Claire Steenson, Ciaran Shannon and Ciaran Mulholland

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:159

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  2. Correspondence

    Paediatric cardiopulmonary resuscitation training program in Latin-America: the RIBEPCI experience

    To describe the design and to present the results of a paediatric and neonatal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training program adapted to Latin-America.

    Jesús López-Herce, Martha M. Matamoros, Luis Moya, Enma Almonte, Diana Coronel, Javier Urbano, Ángel Carrillo, Jimena del Castillo, Santiago Mencía, Ramón Moral, Flora Ordoñez, Carlos Sánchez, Lina Lagos, María Johnson, Ovidio Mendoza and Sandra Rodriguez

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:161

    Published on: 12 September 2017

  3. Research article

    Evaluation of continuing education of family health strategy teams for the early identification of suspected cases of cancer in children

    This study evaluated the influence of continuing education of family health strategy teams by the Ronald McDonald Institute program on the early diagnosis of cancer in children and adolescents.

    Ana Maria Aranha Magalhaes Costa, Cynthia Magluta and Saint Clair Gomes Junior

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:155

    Published on: 7 September 2017

  4. Research article

    Participation in a scientific pre-university program and medical students’ interest in an academic career

    The proportion of medical doctors involved in research activities is declining. Undergraduate medical research programs are positively associated with medical students’ research interest. Scientific pre-univer...

    Wendy E. de Leng, Karen M. Stegers-Jager, Marise Ph. Born, Maarten A. Frens and Axel P. N. Themmen

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:150

    Published on: 5 September 2017

  5. Research article

    Are role perceptions of residents and nurses translated into action?

    Effective interprofessional collaboration (IPC) has been shown to depend on clear role definitions, yet there are important gaps with regard to role clarity in the IPC literature. The goal of this study was to...

    Naïke Bochatay, Virginie Muller-Juge, Fabienne Scherer, Guillemette Cottin, Stéphane Cullati, Katherine S Blondon, Patricia Hudelson, Fabienne Maître, Nu V Vu, Georges L Savoldelli and Mathieu R Nendaz

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:138

    Published on: 18 August 2017

  6. Research article

    The implementation of a quality system in the Dutch GP specialty training: barriers and facilitators; a qualitative study

    Quality assurance programs in medical education are introduced to gain insight into the quality of such programs and to trigger improvements. Although of utmost importance, research on the implementation of su...

    Nienke Buwalda, Jozé Braspenning, Sanne van Roosmalen, Nynke van Dijk and Mechteld Visser

    BMC Medical Education 2017 17:127

    Published on: 21 July 2017

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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

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