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Perceptions of Medical Students Regarding Career Counseling in Korea: A Qualitative Study

by 1,2,*,†, 3,*,†, 1,4, 1 and 5
1
Department of Preventive Medicine, Ulsan University Hospital, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Ulsan 44033, Korea
2
Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul 05505, Korea
3
Korea Counseling Graduate University, Seoul 06722, Korea
4
Department of Nursing, Graduate School of Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
5
Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Authors to whom correspondence should be addressed.
These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(10), 3486; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17103486
Received: 3 April 2020 / Revised: 13 May 2020 / Accepted: 13 May 2020 / Published: 16 May 2020
Current medical school education focuses on acquiring appropriate knowledge with relatively little interest in developing the career selection skills of medical students. We investigated medical students’ perceptions of career problems and the required types of career counseling programs. Five focus group discussions were held with 23 medical students. The consensual qualitative study method was used to analyze the recorded discussion process. The medical students were more influenced by parents and grades than by subjective choices when deciding on admission to medical school. In future career choices, medical students considered the stability and feasibility of the career and expected quality of life. However, there were several opinions that it is essential to understand oneself. Objective and specific career information was lacking, and meeting with the professor was not very helpful for career counseling. Most medical students expected the effectiveness of the career counseling program but hoped the program would proceed with voluntary participation. Medical students wanted a variety of concrete and objective information, such as specialty information for choosing residency training, trainee hospital information, and post-residency training information in the career counseling program. Most medical students are not ready for career-related problems, therefore making it necessary to develop a career counseling program suitable for them. View Full-Text
Keywords: medical students; career counseling; consensual qualitative research; focus groups; education; medical; graduate medical students; career counseling; consensual qualitative research; focus groups; education; medical; graduate
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Ock, M.; Han, Y.-J.; Choi, E.Y.; Pyo, J.; Lee, W. Perceptions of Medical Students Regarding Career Counseling in Korea: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 3486. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17103486

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Ock M, Han Y-J, Choi EY, Pyo J, Lee W. Perceptions of Medical Students Regarding Career Counseling in Korea: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(10):3486. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17103486

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Ock, Minsu, Young-Joo Han, Eun Y. Choi, Jeehee Pyo, and Won Lee. 2020. "Perceptions of Medical Students Regarding Career Counseling in Korea: A Qualitative Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 10: 3486. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17103486

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