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A news story from the Korea Biomedical Review discussing the reluctance of medical students to become surgeons despite their interest in surgery and their desire to learn more on the topic.
“After finishing medical education and training, medical school students and interns say they don’t want to become surgeons even though they are interested in surgery and willing to learn more. Why do you think they say so?”
Professor Song Kyo-young of the Department of Surgery at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital asked this question, saying that people should try to solve the problem of medical school students’ avoidance of particular departments from the perspective of the students and interns.
The issue recently emerged amid the government’s push to increase medical school admissions quotas and set up a new state-run medical school.
Song attributed the problem to surgeons' uncertain future, rather than demanding work at the surgery department.
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