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Chirurg. 2017 Nov;88(11):950-955. doi: 10.1007/s00104-017-0520-2.

[Student program, congress grants and their potential influence on surgical career selection].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie, Schwerpunkt für endokrine und onkologische Chirurgie, Adipositaschirurgie, DIAKOVERE Henriettenstift, Marienstr. 72-90, 30171, Hannover, Deutschland. Joachim.Jaehne@diakovere.de.
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Klinik für Allgemein- und Viszeralchirurgie, Schwerpunkt für endokrine und onkologische Chirurgie, Adipositaschirurgie, DIAKOVERE Henriettenstift, Marienstr. 72-90, 30171, Hannover, Deutschland.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

Due to a decreased interest in surgical training the German Society of Surgery (GSS) has provided a specially sponsored student program at its annual clinical congress for many years in order to increase the number of applicants for a career in surgery. It remains unclear if this goal is reached because an evaluation has not yet been performed.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

At the clinical congress in 2014, 200 medical students participated in a special student program with the aid of a congress grant totaling 100,000 €. By means of a questionnaire it was asked how many of the participants in this special program have started a residency in surgery.

RESULTS:

Almost 17% of the participants of the student program answered and 13 students (6.5% of all participants) stated that they had started a surgical residency. All of these students claimed an interest in surgery even before participation in the congress. Those students who had not yet decided what kind of residency they should choose did not vote for surgery despite their visit to the congress.

CONCLUSION:

The student program and the congress grant at the annual clinical congress of the GSS do not result in an increased number of applicants for a residency in surgery. Both incentives might be not more than a strategic marketing instrument. An increased number of medical students applying for a residency in surgery is only to be expected if social developments (e. g. attention to a work-life balance) and their concomitant challenges are reflected in surgical day to day work.

KEYWORDS:

Applicants; Clinical congress; Recruitment; Students program

PMID:
28980035
DOI:
10.1007/s00104-017-0520-2
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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