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2 . 2023



The article presents the results of a sociological study on the preferred types of future professional activities of medical students. The purpose of the study is to identify the specifics of the professional choice of various typological groups of medical students. The study was carried out among students of the Volga Research Medical University using an online survey. The study showed that students of the pediatric and medical faculty would most like to work in a prestigious medical institution – a solid public or private one. Dental students most often reject for themselves public administration that is incompatible with commercial activity. They are less interested than others in working in a medical institution of the regional center, scientific or teaching activities, as well as working in a district hospital. Future pharmacists are also committed to commercial activities and often would like to have their own business. In general, the work orientations of only students of the Faculty of Medicine and Prevention correspond to the profile of training. It is these students who are largely oriented towards future activities in the field of public administration.

The analysis of students’ assessments of preferences for future professional activity was carried out using multidimensional data analysis, which made it possible to identify 4 types of student attitudes: 1) medicine; 2) clinic; 3) science; 4) business. Each of these types contains its own set of characteristics, which depends on the faculty and course, student performance, motivation for choosing a profession and where to get it.

Keywords:medical students; specifics of professional choice; training; professional orientation; education; motivation

Funding. The study had no sponsor support.

Conflict of interest. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

For citation: Zolin I.E., Yudin A.A., Yudin D.I., Yudin A.I. Desirable types of future professional activity of medical students. Meditsinskoe obrazovanie i professional’noe razvitie [Medical education and professional development]. 2023; 14 (2): 85–106. DOI: (in Russian)


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Balkizov Zalim Zamirovich
Secretary General of the Russian Society of Medical Education Specialists, Director of the Institute of Training of Medical Education Specialists of the Russian Medical Academy of Continuing Professional Education, 125993, Moscow, Russian Federation, Professor of the Department of Vocational Education and Educational Technologies of the N.I. Pirogov RNIMU of the MOH of Russia, CEO of GEOTAR-Med, Advisor President of the National Medical Chamber, Moscow, Russian Federation

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