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.
|Journal||Medical Science Educator|
|Early online date||12 Feb 2019|
|Publication status||Early online date - 12 Feb 2019|
|Event||Medical/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|
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