Students, Health Occupations

Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

BACKGROUND: High levels of stress have been identified in medical students and increasingly in other health profession student population groups. As stress can affect psychological well-being and interfere with learning and clinical performance, there is a clear argument for universities to include health professional student well-being as an outcome in core curriculum. Mindfulness training is a potential construct to manage stress and enhance academic success.

Author(s): 
McConville, Janet
McAleer, Rachael
Hahne, Andrew
Publication Title: 
Explore (New York, N.Y.)

CONTEXT: Research literacy and the practice of evidence-based medicine (EBM) are important initiatives in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), which requires cultural change within educational institutions for successful implementation. OBJECTIVE: To determine the self-assessed research and EBM perspectives of Chinese medicine Masters degree students at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York campus (PCOM-NY). DESIGN AND METHODS: A survey with 17 close-ended questions and one open-ended question was administered through Survey Monkey to students at PCOM-NY.

Author(s): 
Anderson, Belinda J.
Kligler, Benjamin
Cohen, Hillel W.
Marantz, Paul R.
Publication Title: 
Collegium Antropologicum

As health was defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity, the bio-psychosocial paradigm of health and illness attests that curing occurs when the science of medicine (the biomedical and pathos-physiological aspects of disease) and the art of medicine (the psychological, social, and interpersonal aspects of illness) merge into one unified holistic approach to patient care (Hojat, 2007).

Author(s): 
Rakovec-Felser, Zlatka
Publication Title: 
Journal of Clinical Psychology

Providing psychotherapy changes the therapist in a variety of ways. This article discusses one doctoral student's perceptions of these changes, such as increasing her patience, gratitude, and reliance on faith; stretching her ability to tolerate ambiguity; and influencing her interpersonal relationships.

Author(s): 
Butler, Meghan
Publication Title: 
Journal of Allied Health

Increased job opportunities in health professions make recruitment of students imperative. Effective recruitment requires a knowledge of what students value when making career decisions. This study of dietetic (n = 514) and other college students (n = 352) showed that achievement and economic security were the most important factors in their career selection regardless of major or race. Dietetic majors rated achievement, economic security, ability utilization, personal development, altruism, and working conditions significantly higher than did nondietetic students (p < or = 0.001).

Author(s): 
Suarez, Vista V.
Shanklin, Carol W.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Nursing Studies

BACKGROUND: As demand for nurses and other health professionals continues to outstrip supply it is important to understand what motivates individuals to join a non-medical health profession. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to investigate students' reasons for choosing a particular nursing specialism, midwifery or other non-medical health profession, and to compare motivation factors across professions, gender, age, level of award, prior qualifications, prior experience and over time.

Author(s): 
Miers, Margaret E.
Rickaby, Caroline E.
Pollard, Katherine C.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Allied Health

Education of health professionals is costly to the general community and more specifically the educational sector. The increasing need for speech and language therapy (SLT) services, coupled with poor employment retention rates, poses serious cost-benefit considerations. The poor job retention rates among speech and language therapists are associated with high levels of job dissatisfaction. One factor known to influence job satisfaction is the congruence between one's career motivation and actual career experience.

Author(s): 
Whitehouse, Andrew J. O.
Hird, Kathryn
Cocks, Naomi
Publication Title: 
Journal of Allied Health

An individual's decision to enter into a career is based on several factors, such as his or her interests, personality, family, abilities, and values. This article considers altruism as a possible factor relating to the choice of a career in "helping" professions. The differences between altruism levels of students in relation to program choice and sex are examined, using both an altruism scale, which measures intention to help others in certain situations, and an interview format.

Author(s): 
Byrne, Nicole
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: The Official Journal of the Physician Assistant Education Association

PURPOSE: The written personal statement is widely used in health professions program admissions. The purposes of this study were to identify the common themes manifesting in the personal statements of physician assistant (PA) program applicants and to measure the odds of matriculation while controlling for other admission covariates. METHODS: This study was a retrospective mixed-method observational study of CASPA admissions data.

Author(s): 
Forister, J. Glenn
Jones, P. Eugene
Liang, Mei
Publication Title: 
Collegium Antropologicum

As health was defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity, the bio-psychosocial paradigm of health and illness attests that curing occurs when the science of medicine (the biomedical and pathos-physiological aspects of disease) and the art of medicine (the psychological, social, and interpersonal aspects of illness) merge into one unified holistic approach to patient care (Hojat, 2007).

Author(s): 
Rakovec-Felser, Zlatka

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