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Title: The graduate-entry medical student : challenges to transition through medical school
Author: Tso, Simon Ho Yuen
ISNI:       0000 0004 7224 3730
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This study aims to make a sociological contribution to understanding the experience of medical students from graduate-entry medicine degree programmes. In this study, I asked the research question ‘what are the challenges experienced by graduate-entry medicine degree programme students during their transition through medical school training?’ Medical students from the University of Warwick Medical School graduate-entry medicine degree programme were invited to take part in this interview-based study. A volunteer sample of 21 medical students took part in a stage one semi-structured one-to-one interview. Fourteen of 21 medical students took part in a follow-up stage two interview between four to thirteen months later. Their interview transcripts were transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic analysis. Results showed there were three key transition periods within the University of Warwick Medical School’s graduate-entry medicine degree programme. Medical students encountered a range of challenging issues throughout their medical school journey that could be categorised under three conceptual themes: challenges associated with the curriculum, challenges associated with their social role and generic life challenges. Learning, professional identity development and managing coping strategies were the three key challenging issues dominating their transition experience. These challenging issues were in keeping with my findings from literature review on the medical school experience of undergraduate-entry and graduate-entry students. This study has made one original sociological contribution to understanding the professionalism issue about how medical students manage health advice requests from their family and friends. The findings from this study could be useful to educators and medical schools in enhancing their student support services. It could also be useful to prospective and existing medical students in understanding the realities of undertaking a graduate-entry medicine degree programme.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (M.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: R Medicine (General)