ERIC Number: ED247846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Medical Students' Images of 'Most Physicians' and 'Effective Physicians' over Time.
Grant, Linda; And Others
Students' perceptions of actual and idealized qualities of practicing physicians were studied longitudinally at three points in students' medical education. Questionnaire data were collected to assess stability and change in students' images of qualities of "most" physicians and of "effective" physicians. Male and female students' images of practitioners were also compared. The analysis focused on three successive student cohorts of a small, combined bachelor's degree and medical school program. A response rate ranging from 90 to 98 percent was obtained for the three time periods: at the end of the first 2 years of study, after year 4, and after year 6. The data were assessed using profile analyses. The findings suggest that students' images of qualities of "most" and "effective" physicians are transformed over time. At all time periods, most students see physicians as caring, but this conception declines slightly over time. While students initially see doctors as quite status conscious, at the second data collection this perception of physicians' status consciousness declines, and then increases as students approach graduation. This same pattern is found for another perception: physicians' concern with social issues. However, at all time periods, most students do not see physicians as strongly concerned with social issues. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).