The effect of the obstetrics and gynecology clerkship on students' interest in a career in obstetrics and gynecology

Maya M. Hammoud, R. Brent Stansfield, Nadine T. Katz, Lorraine Dugoff, Jenifer McCarthy, Casey B. White

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Abstract

Objective: The goal of this study was to determine the influence of the third-year obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) clerkship on male and female medical students' interest in a career in OB/GYN. Study design: Third-year medical students were surveyed about anticipated career field before and at the completion of the OB/GYN clerkship. The percentage of students considering OB/GYN as a career was computed before and after the clerkship. A multiple regression analysis was performed to examine the influence of various demographic factors on interest in OB/GYN. A Chi-square test was performed to establish different effects on males and females. Results: A total of 268 students (55%) completed both surveys. Eight percent (mostly females) considered an OB/GYN career pre-clerkship and 15% post-clerkship. Interest in OB/GYN pre-clerkship was the strongest predictor of interest post-clerkship. Conclusion: The OB/GYN clerkship increases students' interest in a career in OB/GYN. Most males are not considering OB/GYN as a career choice before the start of the clerkship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1422-1426
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume195
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2006

Keywords

  • Career choice
  • Medical student interest
  • Obstetrics and gynecology clerkship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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