Event Title

Factors influencing osteopathic medical students’ intent to be leaders inhealthcare provision to underserved communities

Location

Atrium

Format

Poster

Start Date

24-1-2015 4:30 PM

End Date

24-1-2015 5:00 PM

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Fewer medical students are leading the movement into primary care and the retention of physicians in primary care is declining.

PURPOSE: We investigated osteopathic medical students’ (OMS) attitudes toward vulnerable groups to determine which variables might influence their intent to care for patients who are uninsured, poor and underserved.

METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional, correlational design was used to determine the influence of certain attitudes on medical students’ intention to provide care to underserved patients. From 2011-2014 data were collected from 760 OMS at Nova Southeastern University using the Medical Students Attitudes Scale (MSATU) via written questionnaire. Data were analyzed using multiple regression analysis.

RESULTS: Multivariate modeling successfully explained 27% of the variance (R2=.322; Adj R2=.270) in several variables predicting intention to provide care to the underserved, F = 6.182, df = 6, p

CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study could help guide academic programming efforts to nurture professional responsibility and provide medical outreach experiences for medical students to help produce more community/rural health care physicians, as well as foster more compassion toward the underserved.

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Factors influencing osteopathic medical students’ intent to be leaders inhealthcare provision to underserved communities

Atrium

INTRODUCTION: Fewer medical students are leading the movement into primary care and the retention of physicians in primary care is declining.

PURPOSE: We investigated osteopathic medical students’ (OMS) attitudes toward vulnerable groups to determine which variables might influence their intent to care for patients who are uninsured, poor and underserved.

METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional, correlational design was used to determine the influence of certain attitudes on medical students’ intention to provide care to underserved patients. From 2011-2014 data were collected from 760 OMS at Nova Southeastern University using the Medical Students Attitudes Scale (MSATU) via written questionnaire. Data were analyzed using multiple regression analysis.

RESULTS: Multivariate modeling successfully explained 27% of the variance (R2=.322; Adj R2=.270) in several variables predicting intention to provide care to the underserved, F = 6.182, df = 6, p

CONCLUSIONS: Findings from this study could help guide academic programming efforts to nurture professional responsibility and provide medical outreach experiences for medical students to help produce more community/rural health care physicians, as well as foster more compassion toward the underserved.