Academic gastroenterology fellowship programs often gear trainee recruitment to those displaying potential for academic careers.
Dr Amy Oxentenko and colleagues assessed whether predictive factors exist that determine whether gastroenterology fellows pursue academia versus private practice.
The research team conducted an educational file review on 92 gastroenterology fellows from Mayo Clinic-Rochester from 1990 through 2003.
The researchers extracted demographic variables.
The outcome of interest was whether the first job after fellowship was in academics or private practice.
|More military than nonmilitary fellows went into academics|
|Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology|
The researchers found that 65% of fellows accepted academic positions, whereas 35% pursued private practice.
The team found those of Asian descent were significantly more likely to enter academics versus those of African American or Hispanic descent.
The team observed nonsignificant trends of more women than men, and military than nonmilitary going into academics.
The researchers noted that more fellows with bachelors of arts than science degrees, and with advanced fellowship training went into academics.
There was no difference in career choices between fellows entering the National Institutes of Health training tract vs the Clinical Scholar or Clinical Investigator tracts.
The researchers observed no significant associations between age, marital status, hometown population and practice choice.
The team noted no association between foreign medical degree, research mentor factors and practice choice.
In addition, the type of research during fellowship was not associated with practice choice.
Dr Oxentenko's team concluded," Although there seem to be predictive variables in determining whether gastroenterology fellows enter private practice or academia, the initial practice choice likely results from multiple combined factors."