Swedish medical students' expectations of their future life
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Medical Education, ISSN 2042-6372, Vol. 2, 140-146 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: To investigate future life expectations among male and female medical students in their first and final year.
Methods: The study was cross-sectional and conducted at a Swedish medical school. Out of 600 invited students, 507 (85%) answered an open-ended question about their future life, 298 (59%) first-year students and 209 (41%) last-year students. Women constituted 60% of the respondents. A mixed model design was applied; qualitative content analysis was utilized to create statistically comparable themes and categories.
Results: Students' written answers were coded, categorized and clustered into four themes: "Work", "Family", "Leisure" and "Quality of personal life". Almost all students included aspects of work in their answers. Female students were more detailed than male ones in their family concerns. Almost a third of all students reflected on a future work-life balance, but considerations regarding quality of personal life and leisure were more common among last-year students.
Conclusions: Today's medical students expect more of life than work, especially those standing on the doorstep of working life. They intend to balance work not only with a family but also with leisure activities. Our results reflect work attitudes that challenge the health care system for more adaptive working conditions. We suggest that discussions about work-life balance should be included in medical curricula.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 2, 140-146 p.
medical students, future expectations
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-61478DOI: 10.5116/ijme.4ec5.92b8OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-61478DiVA: diva2:568018