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Bhat S.,Father Muller Medical College Kankanady | D'souza L.,Father Muller Medical College Mangalore | Fernandez J.,Father Muller Medical College Mangalore
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research | Year: 2012

Objectives: 1. To find subjects preferred by medical graduates for post-graduate specialization; 2. To find what factors determine these preferences. Methods: The study was a cross sectional observational analytic study of 250 interns from 5 medical colleges in Mangalore, Karnataka. Participants were chosen randomly from the intern's registers of these colleges after obtaining IEC approval and permission from the administration of the respective colleges. Questionnaires were administered by interviewers and the data was collected and later analyzed by SPSS 13. Results: 130 males and 120 female interns responded to the questionnaire. 78.2% (n = 250) felt post-graduation was essential. 95.3% (n = 250) wanted to pursue a clinical specialty with the most preferred specialty being Medicine, Surgery, OBG and Paediatrics. Gender significantly influenced specialty choice with males choosing medicine and surgery (p value <0.005) and females choosing obstetrics and paediatrics (p value <0.005) Factors which influenced specialty choice included job satisfaction (p value <0.005), income, lifestyle friendliness and career prospects. Conclusion: Post-graduation is an important part of a doctor's career path. Our study showed that interns predominantly chose clinical specialties like medicine surgery and paediatrics, while very few chose to specialize in pre-clinical and para-clinical subjects. Research and general practiced were among the less preferred options too. Choice of specialty was influenced by factors such as income and future career prospects. Knowing these factors may help in modifying policy in a way that would encourage junior doctors to pursue fields that are under represention, yet essential for medical colleges and for the community.

Dsouza C.,Father Muller Medical College Mangalore | Rao V.V.,Father Muller Medical College Mangalore | Kumar A.,Father Muller Medical College Mangalore | Diaz E.,Father Muller Medical College Mangalore
Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research | Year: 2014

Aims and Objectives: To study the pattern and burden of trauma cases which presented to a tertiary care centre in an upcoming Dakshina Kannada District of Karnataka, India. Methods: This was an epidemiological study. Data was collected by purposive sampling technique. Study period lasted from Jan 2013 to Aug 2013. Collected data was analyzed. Results: The annual incidence of trauma at our centre was 15.96% (1140 cases). Most of the injuries were reported in 21-30 years age group. The male to female ratio was approximately 2.3:1. Limb injury (66.92%) constituted the commonest form of injury. Among the various injuries, fall was the commonest cause of injury (60.78%), followed by R.T.A (16.75%) and assault (11.6%). A majority of the cases were admitted during night time (61.24%). Conclusion: There has been an alarming increase in the number of trauma cases in the past decade. The target age group being the most productive one; it affects the economy directly. There is a need of urgent protective measures which are required for the benefit of the community.

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