Factors influencing the choice of radiology as a medical specialty in Ireland

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Title: Factors influencing the choice of radiology as a medical specialty in Ireland
Authors: Lynch, TurloughBockhold, SophieMcNulty, Jonathan P.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/12985
Date: Jun-2022
Online since: 2022-07-06T15:47:19Z
Abstract: Purpose: To gain further insight into Irish medical students' and interns' specialty preferences and explore the various factors that influence choice of specialty with a focus on radiology. Methods: An online cross-sectional survey was conducted of medical students and interns enrolled at a single Irish institution. Survey topics included specialty preferences, associated influential factors, exposure to radiology to date, and respondents' interest in and understanding of radiology. Results: Cardiology, emergency medicine, and paediatrics had the highest overall interest levels, with 27.0% (n = 133/492) of all participants declaring an interest in radiology. The most frequently selected reason for considering radiology as a specialty was the varied nature of the field. Men reported considering a career in radiology more often than women (x2 (1, n = 433) = 9.464, p = 0.002) and non-European respondents considered radiology less often than their Irish and European peers (x2 (1, n = 436) = 7.510, p = 0.006). While there was no significant association between exposure to radiology and interest in the specialty, participants with previous exposure to radiology were found to be more knowledgeable about the roles and responsibilities of a radiologist. Conclusion: The outcomes of this study support previous research which concludes that medical students' choice of specialty is multifactorial. A strategic approach needs to be taken towards undergraduate radiology education which accounts for class composition, emphasises the diversity and impact of the field, and provides clinical exposure to the subject matter, as a tailored means of steering more students and interns towards the underserved discipline.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: European Journal of Radiology
Volume: 151
Start page: 1
End page: 7
Copyright (published version): 2022 The Authors
Keywords: RadiologyMedical studentsSpecialty choiceCross sectional studiesMedical education
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2022.110297
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
ISSN: 0720-048X
This item is made available under a Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ie/
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