Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical student career perceptions: Perspectives from medical students in China

Cai, Carla Zi and Lin, Yulan and Alias, Haridah and Hu, Zhijian and Wong, Li Ping (2021) Effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on medical student career perceptions: Perspectives from medical students in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (10). ISSN 1660-4601, DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18105071.

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Our aim was to examine perceived occupational turnover intentions among medical students and the associated factors. A cross-sectional study using a Web-based survey was conducted. A total of 2922 completed responses were received (response rate 55.7%). A total of 58.4% (95% CI 56.6-60.2) reported high turnover intention (score of 7-15). The odds of higher total turnover score among the fifth-year students was nearly four times that of first-year students (OR = 3.88, 95% CI 2.62-5.73). Perception of the medical profession as not being of high social status and reputation significantly influenced high turnover intention scores (OR = 2.26, 95% CI 1.90-2.68). All three dimensions of the multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) significantly predict turnover intention. Lower scores in the support from Significant Other (OR = 1.47, 95% CI 1.17-1.84), Family (OR = 1.47, 95% CI 1.18-1.83) and Friend (OR = 1.42, 95% CI 1.14-1.77) subscales were associated with higher turnover intention. Low score in the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS) was also associated with higher turnover intention (OR = 1.44, 95% CI 1.17-1.77). The findings shed light on the importance of changing public attitudes towards respecting the medical profession and improving the implementation of policies to protect the well-being of people in the medical profession.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Pilot Project of the Fujian Provincial Department of Science and Technology (2020Y0005), Fujian Medical University's Rapid Response Funding Call for COVID-19 Related Research (2020YJ003)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical student; Career turnover; COVID-19; Social support ocial support
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 00:43
Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 00:43
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/27890

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