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Teach Learn Med. 2012;24(1):29-35. doi: 10.1080/10401334.2012.641484.

Evaluation of medical career-counseling resources across Canada.

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Department of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. juneh@mun.ca

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

North American medical school accreditation requires career counseling.

PURPOSE:

The Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) MedCAREERS program was implemented in 2000 before published evidence of efficacy of Canadian medical school career-counseling programs existed.

METHODS:

Data were gathered initially through the Canadian Residency Matching Service Post-Match Survey in 2003 and subsequently through the Canadian Graduation Questionnaire from 2006 to 2008. The overall response rate was 61%. Perceived benefits and efficacy of the MUN MedCAREERS Web site and several career-counseling resources were determined along with participation rates encompassing a 6-year period.

RESULTS:

Most career-counseling resources were perceived as helpful, regardless of participation rate.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our goal was to provide information on an array of career-counseling resources so that Canadian medical schools can avail of appropriate resources and select activities to help students make informed decisions about their specialty choice. Planners of career-counseling activities may wish to consider elements that students find most helpful.

PMID:
22250933
DOI:
10.1080/10401334.2012.641484
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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