Erwartungen und Motive des arbeitsmedizinischen Nachwuchses: eine quantitative Befragung in fünf deutschen Akademien

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STUDY AIM: The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics of future occupational physicians and to evaluate their expectations from and motivations for undertaking postgraduate medical education courses in occupational medicine. This will provide a basis for further increasing the attractiveness of occupational medicine as a discipline in preventive medicine and counteracting the shortage of occupational medical physicians.

METHODS: At five locations in Germany, physicians in postgraduate medical education courses in occupational medicine were asked about their expectations from occupational medicine, their reasons for starting postgraduate medical education courses, and their assessment of these courses. The survey took place between 2018 and 2021. The data were analysed descriptively, and a cluster analysis was applied to identify the types of motives for continuing postgraduate medical education courses in occupational medicine.

RESULTS: Of the 233 respondents, the majority were female (68.5%) and the mean age was 43.1 years (SD 7.9 years). The response at the State Chamber of Physicians of Saxony was 50% and at the remaining four academies was between 18% and 23%. The analysis revealed four different types of motives: "career & interest", "work & life balance", "self-employment" and "desire for change". Two-thirds of the participants were in favour of a greater integration of occupational medicine into medical school curriculum.

CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that there are different motives that lead physicians to pursue continuing education in occupational medicine. These motives should be considered when recruiting young occupational physicians.

Translated title of the contribution
Expectations And Motivations Of Young Occupational Medical Physicians
A Quantitative Survey Of Five German Academies


Original languageGerman
Number of pages6
Journal Das Gesundheitswesen : Sozialmedizin, Gesundheits-System-Forschung, medizinischer Dienst, public health, öffentlicher Gesundheitsdienst, Versorgungsforschung
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 May 2024

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ORCID /0009-0006-4498-7267/work/159606815
unpaywall 10.1055/a-2249-6079
Scopus 85193236149