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Invited Critique
November 01, 2006

Influences on Medical Student Career Choice—Invited Critique

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Copyright 2006 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2006

Arch Surg. 2006;141(11):1094. doi:10.1001/archsurg.141.11.1094

Assessing the motivation for the choice of surgery as a career is essential to sustaining the surgical workforce. Assumptions commonly differ from evidence. Sanfey and colleagues address factors that influence student choice.

Although this study reaffirms previous data documenting a sex difference in the selection of surgery as a career, it clearly shows that both men and women can be influenced by their experiences in medical school. Medical schools need reminding that exposure to the discipline early is important.

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