Many of the students who chose orthopedics made that decision before even entering medical school, according to the report. The researchers surveyed 622 fourth-year medical students and orthopedic residents at the postgraduate year one level, with 125 entering into orthopedics. The researchers found:
• Respondents bound for orthopedic programs were less likely to report a faculty member as the most important person influencing their career.
• 51 percent of orthopedics students chose to pursue the orthopedics prior to their third-year rotation.
• Patient care was cited as the most important factor for pursuing a particular field in 75 percent of orthopedics-bound respondents and 71 percent of non-orthopedics respondents.
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Medical Students Bound for Orthopedics Decide Their Path Early FeaturedWritten by Laura Miller | June 20, 2012
A recent survey of medical students shows that faculty contacts and third-year clinical rotations play less of a role for physicians choosing the orthopedic specialty than other specialties, according to an article published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
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