A Survey of the Inclinations of Medical Students towards Becoming Occupational Physicians

Kimio Tarumi, Atsuo Sugita, Akihito Hagihara, Kanehisa Morimoto

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We conducted a survey to investigate medical students awareness of the activities of occupational physicians and their willingness to do postgraduate courses in this field. Those surveyed were fifth grade students in six universities in the Kinki district of Japan in 1993. In analyzing the responses of 368 eligible subjects, the response rate was 68.4% and the following results were obtained. 1 ) Only one of the 368 subjects expressed a desire to become an occupational physician after graduation, however 24.2% of those surveyed had considered becoming occupational physicians. More female students and, males over the age of 25, had considered becoming occupational physicians. Anxiety about a possible surplus of medical doctors in the near future was a factor that led them to consider becoming occupational physicians. 2) There were few negative responses concerning the activities of occupational physicians, even among those who had not considered becoming occupational physicians. 88.3% of those surveyed complained of a lack of information regarding postgraduate courses. 3) Responses were varied concerning conditions in the practice of occupational physicians. Those who had considered becoming occupational physicians were mostly concerned with the establishment of a system for the acceptance of occupational physicians in industry, while those who had not thought of becoming occupational physicians, considered practicing as occupational physicians as a sideline to regular clinic duties. 4) Having considered the above results and those of other researchers, we concluded that supplying more information related to the activities of occupational physicians and offering further postgraduate training programs in occupational medicine would encourage more medical students to become occupational physicians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational Health
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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