Changes in medical student attitudes as they progress through a medical course

Price, John, Price, David, Williams, Gail and Hoffenberg, Raymond (1998) Changes in medical student attitudes as they progress through a medical course. Journal of Medical Ethics, 24 2: 110-117. doi:10.1136/jme.24.2.110


Author Price, John
Price, David
Williams, Gail
Hoffenberg, Raymond
Title Changes in medical student attitudes as they progress through a medical course
Journal name Journal of Medical Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-6800
Publication date 1998-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/jme.24.2.110
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 24
Issue 2
Start page 110
End page 117
Total pages 8
Place of publication London
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject 11 Medical and Health Sciences
13 Education
Abstract Objectives - To explore the wvay ethical principles develop during a medical education course for three groups of medical students - in their first year, at the beginning of their penultimate (fifth) year and towards the end of their final (sixth) year. Design - Survey questionnaire administered to medical students in their first, fifth and final (sixth) year. Setting - A large medical school in Queensland, Australia. Survey sample - Approximately half the students in each of three years (first, fifth and sixth) provided data on a voluntary basis, a total of 385 students. Results - At the point of entry, minor differences were found between medical students and first year law and psychology students. More striking were differences between male and female medical students, suggesting early socialization had a substantial impact here. Conclusions - Results indicate that substantial changes in attitude have developed by the beginning of fifth year with little change thereafter. Gender difference persisted. Some difference in ethical attitudes were found when groups of different ethnic backgrounds were compared. The impact of a move to a graduate medical course, which gives high priority to ethics within a professional development domain, can now be evaluated.
Keyword Attitude
Australia
Medical education
Medical ethics
Medical students
Undergraduate education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
 
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