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BMC Medical Education

, 12:93

Career choice, professional education and development


BackgroundFollowing implementation of Modernising Medical Careers MMC in the UK, potential radiology trainees must decide on their career and apply sooner than ever before. We aimed to determine whether current trainees were sufficiently informed to make an earlier career decision by comparing the early radiology experiences of Traditional and Foundation Trainees.

Methods344 radiology trainees were appointed through MMC in 2007-08. This cohort was surveyed online.

ResultsResponse rate was 174-344 51%. Traditional Trainees made their career decision 2.6 years after graduation compared with 1.2 years for Foundation Trainees 57-167, 34%. Nearly half of responders 79-169, 47% experienced no formal radiology teaching as undergraduates. Most trainees regularly attended radiology meetings, spent time in a radiology department and-or performed radiology research. Many trainees received no career advice specific to radiology 69-163, 42% at any point prior to entering the specialty; this includes both formal and informal advice. Junior doctor experiences were more frequently cited as influencing career choice 98-164, 60%. An earlier career decision was associated with; undergraduate radiology projects -0.72 years, p = 0.018, career advice -0.63 years, p = 0.009 and regular attendance at radiology meetings -0.65 years, p = 0.014.

ConclusionEarly experience of radiology enables trainees to make an earlier career decision, however current radiology trainees were not always afforded relevant experiences prior to entering training. Radiologists need to be more proactive in encouraging the next generation of trainees.

KeywordsRadiology Training Modernising Medical Careers MMC Undergraduate Postgraduate Survey Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1472-6920-12-93 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Grant Mair - Fiona Ewing - John T Murchison


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