Journal of Nature and Science of Medicine

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 130--136

Comparison between final-year medical students' career choices before and after the conduction of a mentorship activity


Deemah Ateeq AlAteeq1, Nouf Abdullah Alzahrani1, Reem Awad Alharbi1, Nada Nihad Hassounah1, Samah Fathy Ibrahim2 
1 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Department of Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, College of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Samah Fathy Ibrahim
Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Medicine, Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University, Riyadh

Background: The elective specialty's selection significantly impacts the graduates' acceptance rate in a preferable postgraduate specialty training program. This selection has a multifactorial nature of the decision-making process that worries the undergraduate students and alters their academic lives. Objective: This study aimed to assess final-year undergraduate medical students' specialty choices before and after the conduction of a mentorship activity. Methods: The mentorship activity was organized in the academic year 2019–2020 to help the 71 final-year medical students choose their preferred future specialty. Two self-reported pre- and postactivity surveys, including demographics, the chosen specialty, location, factors that influenced their top-ranked choices, needs/feedback about the activity, were used. Results: Sixty-six female students, with a mean age of 23.5 ± 0.8 years, participated in mentoring activity, with a response rate of 92.95%. Most of the participants (73%) decided to be trained in one local residency training program. Surgery (31.8%) and family medicine (28.8%) were the most popular specialties. Personal interest (88%) was endorsed as the most influential factor influencing their choices. The internship mentoring activity significantly increased participants' ability to choose the elective training specialty (P < 0.012) but did not substantially affect the future training selected places (P < 0.6).Conclusion: Professional medical training has various challenges at serial phases, and university mentoring activities should be tailored to meet students' desires and the need of the professional society.


How to cite this article:
AlAteeq DA, Alzahrani NA, Alharbi RA, Hassounah NN, Ibrahim SF. Comparison between final-year medical students' career choices before and after the conduction of a mentorship activity.J Nat Sci Med 2022;5:130-136


How to cite this URL:
AlAteeq DA, Alzahrani NA, Alharbi RA, Hassounah NN, Ibrahim SF. Comparison between final-year medical students' career choices before and after the conduction of a mentorship activity. J Nat Sci Med [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Nov 30 ];5:130-136
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