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ERIC Number: EJ1067543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1927-6044
Socioeconomic Characteristics and Motivations for Entering a Medical College--Differences between Graduate and Undergraduate Saudi Medical Students
AL-Jahdali, Hamdan; Alqarni, Turki; AL-Jahdali, Sarah; Baharoon, Salim A.; AL-Harbi, Abdullah S.; Binsalih, Salih A.; Alshimemeri, Abdulah; Al Sayyari, Abdullah A.
International Journal of Higher Education, v3 n1 p23-28 2014
Objective: The aim of this study is to investigate the reasons for and the factors associated with deciding to enter a medical school in our graduate and undergraduate medical students and whether differ between the two groups. Method: This is a cross-sectional study. The survey we developed to investigate demographic and socioeconomic data and possible reasons for deciding to enter a medical school. The responses were scored using Likert scale 4-options. Results: A total of 244 of 275 male students responded (a response rate of 89%). Of the responders, 26% were graduate students and 74% were undergraduates. Thirty-nine percent of the students attended private schools. Compared to graduate students, undergraduate students were younger (p = 0.0001), more likely to have gone to a private high school (p = 0.001) to have a father who is a doctor (p = 0.001) or a university graduate (p = 0.001), to belong a household with a monthly income exceeding $5,333 (p = 0.001). Significantly more undergraduates than graduates reported that they were influenced to enter medical school by family (p = 0.036), having had high academic achievement at high school (p = 0.001), prestige of the profession (p=0.007), guaranteed employment (p = 0.013) and desire to help others (p = 0.003). Conclusions: The graduate medical students had significantly different demographic factors which were more reflective of in the general population as well as different motivating when compared to the undergraduate medical students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Saudi Arabia
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