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A survey of how and why medical students and junior doctors choose a career in ENT surgery

  • M Bhutta (a1) (a2), R Mandavia (a1), I Syed (a3), A Qureshi (a4), R Hettige (a4), B Y W Wong (a5), S Saeed (a1) (a6) and J Cartledge (a7)...

Abstract

Objective:

To ascertain determinants of an interest in a career in ENT surgery through a survey of medical students and junior doctors.

Methods:

A survey was administered, comprising Likert scales, forced response and single option questions, and free text responses, at five different courses or events for those interested in a career in ENT.

Results:

The survey had an 87 per cent response rate; respondents consisted of 43 applicants for national selection, 15 foundation doctors and 23 medical students. The most important factors that encourage ENT as a career included: the variety of operative procedures, work–life balance, inherent interest in this clinical area and inspirational senior role models. Exposure to ENT in undergraduate or post-graduate training is critical in deciding to pursue this specialty.

Conclusion:

It is important to promote those aspects of ENT surgery that attract people to it, and to argue for greater exposure to ENT during undergraduate and post-graduate training.

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Corresponding author

Address for correspondence: Mr Mahmood Bhutta, Children's Surgical Centre, Phnom Penh, Cambodia E-mail: m.bhutta@doctors.org.uk

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A survey of how and why medical students and junior doctors choose a career in ENT surgery

  • M Bhutta (a1) (a2), R Mandavia (a1), I Syed (a3), A Qureshi (a4), R Hettige (a4), B Y W Wong (a5), S Saeed (a1) (a6) and J Cartledge (a7)...

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