Do medical students have a negative view of the profession? Tiago Villanueva and Irina Haivas talk to students from different countries
- By: Tiago Villanueva, Irina Haivas
Medical students have a bleak view of the medical profession and the organisation of health care, a Swedish study has found.1 Perspectives about medicine vary and the situation in Sweden is not unique.
Aditi Joshi, the president of IFMSA-USA (the Inter national Federation of Medical Students' Associations): “Most students enter training because of interest in the subject, to have a stable career, or for the love of science. As they progress, they learn that doctors in the US do not practise medicine only; much of their time is dealt with legal, business, and insurance issues. Also, because of the high media coverage of medical mistakes and the increasing access to medical information for patients on the internet, public perception has changed towards more patient autonomy and less trust in the doctor.”