Community-based education: The influence of role modeling on career choice and practice location

A. Amalba*, F. A. Abantanga, A. J. J. A. Scherpbier, W. N. K. A. van Mook

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Introduction: Research findings in medical education support the importance of positive role models in enhancing learning and influencing the career path of medical students and graduates. The authors explored the characteristics of positive and negative role models during Community-Based Education and Service (COBES), as well as their effect on trainees' career paths.Method: A cross-sectional survey was conducted by means of a questionnaire among medical students to explore the characteristics of positive and negative role models during COBES. Associations between gender, choice of specialty, and practice location were assessed using the chi-square test. All qualitative data analysis was performed using the principles of primary, secondary, and tertiary coding.Result: The majority of the students indicated that role modeling during COBES will affect their choice of specialty and practice location with a significant gender difference in terms of practice location (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-180
Number of pages7
JournalMedical Teacher
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017



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