Medical specialty has lost attractiveness for graduates

The number of applicants wishing to apply for health professions declined in the year 2020, according to the research, internal monitoring Centre, HSE consulted by Kommersant. Experts believe that the students could deter coronavirus and awareness of occupational exposure of health care workers.

Among those surveyed 3000 students 17% plan to study at the University of natural Sciences, Economics and management. Slightly fewer graduates want to study engineering and the technical Sciences (16%), pedagogy (15%), social Sciences and Humanities (13%). Less often, the priority was the military and agricultural business — 7% and 3%, respectively.

The vast majority of graduates of schools have already decided on their future specialty: the number of difficult was only 3%.

In 2019, according to the Ministry of education, the largest number of applications were submitted for a degree in the field of medicine and Economics, as well as a degree related to media and international relations. The desire to study medical science, according to a survey by the HSE, this year showed only 12% of respondents.

Associate Professor, Department of political and public communication Ranepa Nicholas Kullback added that during a pandemic, students began to understand the responsibility and risk of the doctor, which also led some to abandon the idea of becoming a doctor.

However, the plans are part of the alumni can still change, the researchers note. So, in 2019 engineering science has received about a quarter of all freshmen, while the percentage who planned to do then was 16%, a sign that the specialty chosen by “the residual principle”. Moreover, according to the survey, most of the students (58%) tend to act on the budget places and go to University to study, which will be on the exam scores.

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