Career choice in medicine

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dc.contributor.advisor Horgan, Mary en
dc.contributor.advisor Bergin, Colm J. en
dc.contributor.advisor Dornan, Tim en Bennett, Deirdre 2015-12-15T14:47:36Z 2015 2015
dc.identifier.citation Bennett Deirdre. 2015. Career choice in medicine. PhD Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 371
dc.description.abstract Background: Career Choice in Medicine is an important and problematic topic. Medical education has been framed as professional identity development, yet career choice has not been viewed as a matter of identity. My primary aim was to offer new insights by exploring career choice using Figured Worlds theory, a socio-cultural theory of identity. Graduate retention is a challenge for many countries, including Ireland. My secondary aim was to address a gap in the data on postgraduate trainees in Ireland and to use the Irish case to illustrate points transferable to other contexts. Methodology & Methods: This was a predominantly qualitative Mixed Methods programme of research. My qualitative studies were oriented towards social constructionism. I collated existing data from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and HSE-MET to describe trainees and their career paths. I surveyed Basic Specialist Training trainees (n=333) about their career plans. I surveyed new trainees (n=527) about their expectations of training and all RCPI trainees about their experiences of training (n=1246). I conducted semi-structured interviews with 18 medical students and doctors. A subgroup (n=6) provided longitudinal data. Figured Worlds theory and Gee’s discourse tools were used for analysis. Results: I have used the case of medical training and career choice in Ireland to explain how social, political and cultural context, and day to day experiences in the cultural world of medicine, shaped doctors’ career choices. My qualitative findings described a unifying model of career choice, consisting of priming, exposure, positioning and open-endedness, which can guide the design of interventions to shape and support career choice. Conclusion: My original contribution has been to demonstrate the fruitfulness of framing career choice in terms of identity development. This represents a turn in the conversation about career choice, which brings new starting points and moves the dialogue forward. en
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dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2015, Deirdre Bennett. en
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dc.subject Career choice en
dc.subject Professional identity en
dc.subject Discourse analysis en
dc.subject Dutch Residency Educational Climate Test en
dc.subject Medical education en
dc.subject Figured worlds en
dc.subject D-RECT en
dc.title Career choice in medicine en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en
dc.type.qualificationname PhD (Medicine and Health) en
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dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.contributor.funder Royal College of Physicians of Ireland en
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en Medicine en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
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dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
dc.internal.conferring Autumn Conferring 2015

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