MedicalResearch.com Interview with:
Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, FASE, FAHA
Ursula Geller Professor of Research in Cardiovascular Disease
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC 27715
MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Response: For any profession to succeed, it needs to attract top talent. We surveyed internal medicine residents to find out what they valued most in their professional development, how they perceived cardiology as field and how these two areas are associated with their choosing a career in cardiology or another specialty.
We found that trainees were seeking careers that had stable hours, were family friendly and female friendly, while they perceived cardiology to have adverse work conditions, interfere with family life and to not be diverse. We were able to predict career choice with 89-97% accuracy from these responses; the predictors are mix of things that attract to cardiology and those that are deterrents.
For men, the attractors outnumber the deterrents, for women its just the opposite.