Saturday 25 November 2017

One in three intern medics is unsure of career choice

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

As last month's Leaving Cert students brace themselves for the points race, a new study has shown that one third of recent medical graduates are now questioning their career choice.

The survey of interns - doctors who have completed their university degree and are doing a mandatory year of work in hospitals - also found that four out of five are considering working abroad in the next 10 years.

More than one in two said they chose a career in medicine because they wanted to help people, according to the findings from the Medical Protection Society (MPS), which indemnifies doctors.

The survey also found that intern doctors face a number of professional and personal challenges on the wards, such as working beyond their contracted hours (93pc), struggling with irregular meal times (77pc) and a lack of sleep (67pc). Dr Gordon McDavid, medicolegal adviser at MPS, said: "While many intern doctors will consider their experience to be a challenging yet rewarding time, they must remember that they are not alone. It is okay to ask for help."

Irish Independent

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