Career Status of Medical Graduates between 2001 and 2007 from Kerman University of Medical Sciences


Mahmoud Reza Dehghani 1 , Ali Akbar Haghdoost 1 , * , Abbas Kamyabi 1 , Azadeh Rooholamini 1 , Zahra Hoseini Nejad 1 , Nematolah Mousapour 1


1 Iran


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 4 (2); e58465
Published Online: January 25, 2008
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 22, 2017
Accepted: October 17, 2007




Background & Objective: Expensive medical educational cost, long term education and difficult lessons,
all support this evidence that with unemployment of medical graduates in professional activities, much
national stock will be used vainly. Due to lack of enough knowledge and documents about medical
graduates’ career activities, this study was conducted in order to evaluate their career status.
Methods: In a retrospective cohort study, all 528 medical graduates who were graduated between 2001and
2007 from Kerman University of Medical Sciences were studied. Necessary data, latest career and
educational status of medical graduates were collected by direct and indirect phone interviews. In order to
determine the impact of effective factors on career status and residency exam acceptance, Logistic
Regression and Survival analyses were applied.
Results: The access rate to graduates was 86%. At least three years after graduation, 62% of medical
graduates were engaged in medical careers which were mostly in clinics, military or social services,
personal offices and clinical specialties. Among all subjects, 40 persons (7.6%) were jobless and almost
the same rate was doing non medical jobs. Eighteen percent were engaged in working or studying in
clinical specialties and others had left Iran. Survival analysis showed that female physicians were
employed faster and more in medical professions (median for female and male were 3.8 & 4.5 years
respectively, P=0.009). Women were more successful than men in professional careers (12%) and
residency exam acceptance (17%) which were not statically significant. Mean score during education was
effective factor on residency exam acceptance.
Conclusion: It seems that almost 20% of medical graduates in Kerman City were not employed in careers
related to their education in long term prospect (more than three years after graduation) or left the country.
It is important to consider causes of male physicians failure in comparison with female physicians while
there is a great need to male physicians’ services; low income can somehow explain it.


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