Objective: Targeted efforts are needed to increase the number of medical students choosing psychiatry, but little is known about when students decide on their specialty or what factors influence their choice. The authors examined the timing and stability of student career choice of psychiatry compared with other specialties and determined what pre- and intra–medical school factors were associated with choosing a career in psychiatry.
Method: Using survey data from students who graduated from U.S. allopathic medical schools in 2013 and 2014 (N=29,713), the authors computed rates of psychiatry specialty choice at the beginning and end of medical school and assessed the stability of that choice. A multivariate-adjusted logistic regression and recursive partitioning were used to determine the association of 29 factors with psychiatry specialty choice.
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The participant will describe the stability of psychiatric career choice and identify key characteristics of students who choose psychiatry relative to other disciplines.
This program is designed for all psychiatrists in clinical practice, residents in Graduate Medical Education programs, medical students interested in psychiatry, and other physicians who wish to advance their current knowledge of clinical medicine.
Estimated Time to Complete
Duration: 1 hour
Begin Date: September 1, 2017
End Date: August 31, 2019
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
Title: Stability of and Factors Related to Medical Student Specialty Choice of Psychiatry
Authors: Matthew N. Goldenberg, M.D., M.Sc., D. Keith Williams, Ph.D., John J. Spollen, M.D.
Affiliations: From the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn. (M.N.G.); and the Departments of Biostatistics and Psychiatry, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock (D.K.W., J.J.S.).
Disclosures: The authors report no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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