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Career preferences of medical undergraduates of Sri Lanka; influence of exposure to specialties on career choice

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V.G. Pinto ,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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K.B. Galketiya,

Senior Lecturer, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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D.K. Jayasingheararchchi,

Assistant lecturer, Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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S.M. Bandara,

Assistant lecturer, Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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D.L. Wijesinghe

Assistant lecturer, Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Peradeniya, LK
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Abstract

In Sri Lanka, the rapid growth in the health sector provides medical undergraduates a far wider range of disciplines for carrier advancement. A multitude of factors such as socio-cultural values, economics, and peer recognition influences the decision on the future of a medical graduate. We studied the influence of exposure to different specialties in the curriculum on carrier choices and the changes that occurred after a carrier guidance programme. The lack of any obvious changes in career preferences over three decades at the same institution suggests that the curriculum , despite changes during that period does not reflect the stated objectives of the Ministry of Health, confirming that the curriculum is not occupational or job orientated. The need for co-ordinated dialogue between medical schools, Ministry of Health and medical organizations such as the e.g. Sri Lanka Medical Association which provides an independent forum for such interactions is a necessity to meet the specialist requirements of this country.
How to Cite: Pinto, V.G., Galketiya, K.B., Jayasingheararchchi, D.K., Bandara, S.M. and Wijesinghe, D.L., 2016. Career preferences of medical undergraduates of Sri Lanka; influence of exposure to specialties on career choice. South-East Asian Journal of Medical Education, 10(2), pp.55–59. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/seajme.v10i2.28
Published on 01 Dec 2016.
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