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Why medical students do not choose a career in geriatrics: a systematic review

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Medical Education, June 2015
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Title
Why medical students do not choose a career in geriatrics: a systematic review
Published in
BMC Medical Education, June 2015
DOI 10.1186/s12909-015-0384-4
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Authors

Ariadne A. Meiboom, Henk de Vries, Cees M.P.M. Hertogh, Fedde Scheele

Abstract

While the demand for doctors specialised in the medical care of elderly patients is increasing, the interest among medical students for a career in geriatrics is lagging behind. To get an overview of the different factors reported in the literature that affect the (low) interest among medical students for a career in geriatrics, a systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed, Embase, PsycINFO, and ERIC. Quality assessment criteria were applied. Twenty studies met the criteria and were included in the review. In relation to the nature of the work, the preference of medical students is young patients, and acute somatic diseases that can be cured. The complexity of the geriatric patient deters students from choosing this specialty. Exposure by means of pre-clinical and particularly clinical education increases interest. The lack of status and the financial aspects have a negative influence on interest. Exposure to geriatrics by means of education is necessary. The challenge in geriatric education is to show the rewarding aspects of the specialty.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 67 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 9 13%
Researcher 5 7%
Student > Master 5 7%
Student > Ph. D. Student 4 6%
Professor > Associate Professor 2 3%
Other 6 9%
Unknown 36 54%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 14 21%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 3 4%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 4%
Social Sciences 3 4%
Business, Management and Accounting 2 3%
Other 5 7%
Unknown 37 55%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 100. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 19 May 2023.
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#434,870
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#20
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#4,610
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Medical Education
#1
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