Who Wants to be an Acute Medic? A Survey of Junior Doctors Attitudes Towards and Beliefs Surrounding a Career in Acute Medicine.
Acute Med. 2013;12(4):201-7
Authors: Misselbrook G, Russell E
AIM: Survival of Acute Medicine (AM) depends on successful recruitment. Local juniors were unaware of training requirements and opportunities in AM. We conducted a survey to establish whether this was a nationwide issue.
METHODS: A survey was distributed nationally with participants responding to statements on a Likert Scale.
RESULTS: 397 responses from four deaneries were received. 50% of respondents were unaware of AM training opportunities. 20% of juniors did not know of entry requirements for training. Juniors felt that becoming a medical registrar would discourage them from careers in AM.
DISCUSSION: This study reveals poor awareness of training opportunities in AM and reluctance to pursue the medical registrar role, which is unrelated to confidence in dealing with acute medical emergencies. Promotional work will be invaluable in future workforce planning.
PMID: 24364050 [PubMed - in process]