Medical school graduates will soon have a clearer picture of what they want to do after graduation.
According to a recent survey, a whopping 73% of graduates want to work in a clinical medicine or family medicine field, up from 69% in 2015.
The Lad Bible is reporting that the number of graduates who want to enter the medical profession has more than doubled from 9% in 2013 to 15% in 2017.
The Lad’s survey, conducted in August 2017, surveyed more than 2,400 medical graduates from over 30 medical schools across the United States.
The majority of medical graduates are from the United Kingdom, with the highest percentages in the United Arab Emirates, Germany, and France.
More than 60% of all graduates who responded to the survey said they were interested in working in a health care field.
The study also found that graduates from the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand were most likely to choose a clinical/family medicine career.
In addition to the increased interest in clinical medicine, the Lad Bible also found a rise in the number who were looking for a doctorate in family medicine, where the number rose to 37%.
According to the study, the number among graduates who wanted to study family medicine has more or less stayed flat since 2013.
Dr. Shamsi Mughal, director of the family medicine residency program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, told The Lad that he hopes to see this trend continue as more medical graduates enter the field.
Mughals program is focused on family medicine research, but also includes clinical practice and internship opportunities.
In a 2016 article for The Lad, Mughas’ program director, Dr. William J. Sacks, wrote about how family medicine patients often struggle to find a doctor who is experienced enough to perform surgeries and other procedures.
“A significant number of families require surgery on a minor basis or for a cosmetic or cosmetic-related procedure,” Sacks wrote.
“This can be an extremely time-consuming and challenging process.
Many families struggle to make the decision of whether to seek a full-time family physician or opt for a specialist.”
While Mughs program focuses on families, it also works to train more doctors in their specialty.
In 2016, the program launched the Family Medicine Residency Program, which has more students applying for its residency positions.
The program has also opened the doors to more medical students to attend medical school and practice in their own states.
According to the Lad, more than two-thirds of medical students who enrolled in their program in 2017 said they would like to pursue residency at the hospital or a general medical practice.
In 2018, more students in the program are planning to pursue residencies.