ERIC Number: EJ870041
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 8
Just What Are Rural Premedical Students Thinking? A Report of the First 6 Years of a Pathways Program
Crump, William J.; Fricker, R. Steve; Crump, Allison M.
Journal of Rural Health, v26 n1 p97-99 Win 2010
Purpose: To assess outcomes of the first 6 years of a program designed to facilitate medical school admission for rural premedical students. Methods: Students completing the University of Louisville School of Medicine Trover Rural Scholar program were surveyed using a 23-item survey. Findings: Twenty-two of the 24 (92%) students responded. Overall, 12 (55%) were in the physician pipeline (medical students or re-applying to medical school) and 10 (45%) had left the physician pipeline for other careers (7 were pursuing other health care careers). Differences between the 2 groups included income expectations and perceptions of intellectual challenges and physicians' job satisfaction. Conclusions: Attrition can be explained by student interests, maturation and influences of pre-professional advisors and practicing physicians. Successful pipeline programs should address these issues.
Descriptors: Career Choice, Medical Education, Premedical Students, Medical Schools, Job Satisfaction, Physicians, Admission (School), Rural Areas, Student Surveys, Outcomes of Education, Income, Student Attrition, Academic Persistence, Student Interests, Program Descriptions
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky