ERIC Number: EJ1105860
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Coping with Medical Training Demands: Thinking of Dropping Out, or in It for the Long Haul
Rogers, Mary E.; Creed, Peter A.; Searle, Judy; Nicholls, Serena L.
Studies in Higher Education, v41 n9 p1715-1732 2016
Medical trainees are at risk of psychological distress due to training workload demands. Dropping out of medicine has hidden and real costs to both the public and the individual. Using quantitative and qualitative methodologies, this study assessed differences in stress and coping strategies between those serious and not serious about dropping out of medicine. A total of 854 medical students and junior doctors completed a web-based survey assessing training stress, problem-solving coping, seeking support coping, avoidance coping, and risky behaviour coping. Those serious about dropping out of medicine were high on training stress, avoidance coping, and risky behaviour coping. Specifically, males were high on risky behaviour coping, and doctors were high on avoidance coping. Reasons for contemplating dropping out of medicine were professional fit, workload, work--life balance, and the medical education training system. Identification of at-risk groups can inform efforts to design and deliver wellness interventions for medical trainees.
Descriptors: Dropouts, Medical Students, Coping, Medical Education, Trainees, Medicine, Anxiety, Stress Management, Physicians, Burnout, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Medical Schools, Stress Variables, Multivariate Analysis, Foreign Countries, Online Surveys, Well Being, Risk, Behavior Patterns, Counseling Techniques, Problem Solving, Likert Scales, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Australia