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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 256-259

Career choices in allied health: A study of influencing factors on students of medical technology at an Indian University


Faculty of Health and Biomedical Sciences, Symbiosis Institute of Health Sciences, Symbiosis International University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Sammita J Jadhav
Kamaldhan, 117 St. Patrick's Town, Pune-Solapur Road, Wanowarie, Pune - 411 013, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2278-344X.126714

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Background: In India, entry level medical technology (MT) students usually decide their career choice before the commencement of the graduate programs. There is no provision for assimilating the intricacies of different specializations in the field of MT. Aim: The research aims at identifying the factors that play a major role in reaching a career choice by MT students and disseminating this information to stakeholders for effective program design and delivery. Setting and Designs: An exploratory study was carried out at an Indian university on 78 students of MT programs in Cardiac care, dialysis, respiratory therapy, imaging sciences, clinical laboratory, operation theater and Anesthesia technology. Materials and Methods: Students were surveyed to ascertain the influencing factors that shape their preferences for career choice preceded by focus group interview. Statistical Analysis: Data was analyzed using SPSS Inc. Version 16.0; frequency distribution was used to obtain valid percentage. Cross tabulation was used to arrive at P value. Results: The prime factors influencing career choices emerged as Hospital infrastructure (91.3%), working environment (87%), alumni (P = 0.04) and status of specialization (P = 0.02) at 95% of the confidence interval however; profile of patient, use of equipment and career growth (78%) also played an influential role. Conclusion: It is critical to understand and address the influencing factors that affect career choices; necessitating academia and the health care industry to partner in creating better adapted medical technologists.


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