An Analysis of Medical Students’ Attitude and Motivation in Pursuing an Intercalated MSc in Clinical Anatomy

Eiman Abdel Meguid, William E. Allen

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Objectives: This study aimed to explore what factors influence and motivate medical students to undergo an intercalated degree and why they prefer to choose an intercalated MSc in Clinical Anatomy. Methods: The study consisted of 54 medical students enrolled in Queen’s University Belfast which offers a range of intercalated degrees, including an iBSc in Medical Science and an iMSc in Clinical Anatomy. Five-point Likert scale survey was used to collect data, designed to discover what the influencing factors were in deciding to take an intercalating degree and if they have a desire to gain research experience. It measured the motivational features of their chosen courses. Results: In recent years, more students (68.5%, n = 54) opted for the iMSc rather than the iBSc. This difference in number of students was statistically significant (chi-square = 33.4, P < 0.0001). It was theorized that this was due to an interest in future surgical specialization; however, this study has shown that the prime reason 72.2% of students opt to take a year out of their medical degree to carry out an intercalated degree is simply to gain an extra qualification whilst 61.1% thought it would enhance their competitiveness in the job market. Ninety-four percent of the iMSc students recommended the intercalated degree to junior students in comparison to only 34.8% of the iBSc students. This difference in percentage was statistically significant (t = 2.78, P = 0.009). Conclusion: The study shows no significant link to a desire to gain research experience in determining which intercalated programme to undertake. Students favoured iMSc more because they believed it will enhance their employability.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Science Educator
Early online date12 Feb 2019
Publication statusEarly online date - 12 Feb 2019
EventMedical/dental Students First Experience in Human Cadaver Dissection Across Culture. - Abstract submitted to the American Association of Anatomists 2019 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, April 6-9, 2019., Florida, United States
Duration: 06 Apr 2019 → …

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