ERIC Number: ED181303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Occupational Role Innovation and Secondary Career Choice among Women Medical Students.
Kutner, Nancy G.; Brogan, Donna R.
Although all women medical students have demonstrated occupational role innovation by their career choice, their selection of the field in which they will specialize during their medical careers (secondary career choice) may or may not represent additional innovation. Women enrolled in two medical schools in 1975-76 who stated that they had made a speciality decision were classified as either "Traditionals," if they chose a specialty in which women are disproportionately represented, or as "Pioneers," if they chose a specialty in which men are disproportionately represented; those who chose specialties having similar percentages of women and men formed a third group. Results from this study, and data from other recent studies, indicate decreased choice of Traditional specialties and increased choice of Pioneer specialties, especially by more recent entrants of medical school. As compared to women making Traditional choices, Pioneers were more willing to work in areas where women are not fully accepted and to devote extensive time to their medical practice. (Author/BM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Health Services Research (DHEW/PHS), Hyattsville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Emory Univ., Atlanta, GA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (Boston, MA, August, 1979).