Concern with changes in career-relevant values of medical students as they progress through school sometimes turns attention away from commonly held values which do not change although less common values become somewhat more important. A recent survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center provides data which can be used to study changes in both kinds of values among medical students.
The survey was conducted in the spring of 1956; 1,086 male medical students in 44 medical schools were interviewed. A sample of accredited schools was drawn after the schools had been stratified by major census region and public-private financing; student names were then drawn at random in each school. Interviews were completed with 97.5% of the students in the sample. The survey was conducted to gather information relevant to the Army Medical Service's efforts to recruit junior medical officers and was supported by the Research and Development Division, Office
Beale LV, Kriesberg L. CAREER-RELEVANT VALUES OF MEDICAL STUDENTS-A RESEARCH NOTE. JAMA. 1959;171(11):1447–1448. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010290005002
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