ERIC Number: ED457217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Beyond Numbers: Quantitative and Qualitative Research with Alumni Regarding Physician Career Choice and Satisfaction.
Gibson, Denise D.; Borges, Nicole J.
This paper describes a research project at a medical college in northeastern Ohio using personality data from 10 graduating classes regarding physician career choice and satisfaction. The project began with the intention of analyzing existing personality data and developing group profiles for medical specialties. It was expanded to relate these profiles to career satisfaction. The paper discusses how the original project was broadened through the use of quantitative and qualitative methodology. Over the 10 years, the number of medical students who participated, taking one of several personality assessments, was more than 800. As the project was developed, several campus departments expressed various concerns about the effort, especially about the negative effects of surveying alumni repeatedly. Eventually, 295 alumni, representing a wide range of specialties, provided permission to use their data. Of these, 210 also responded to the qualitative questions on the survey. The surveys and qualitative comments identified these areas that have an impact on physician satisfaction: gender, balancing family and medicine, time commitments, pressures and stress, working full- or part-time, politics of medicine, rewards, and managing the practice and business of medicine. The implementation of this project shows the value of establishing partnerships across campus that can result in the development of broader alumni studies of greater benefit to the institution. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Association for Institutional Research/Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (AIR/CASE) Research Colloquium (4th, Columbus, OH, April 23-24, 2001).