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Anales de la Facultad de Medicina

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TARQUI-MAMANI, Carolina B; SANABRIA ROJAS, Hernán A  and  ZARATE CARDENAS, Eduardo. Expectations of students from a faculty of medicine in Lima, Peru, for working in first-level health care. An. Fac. med. [online]. 2015, vol.76, n.1, pp.57-62. ISSN 1025-5583.

Introduction: Remote rural areas of the country need more health professionals. Objectives: To identify job and personal expectations of health profession students, particularly those related to work at primary care level. Design: Observational, descriptive and exploratory study. Setting: Faculty of Medicine, Universidad Nacional de San Marcos, Lima, Peru. Participants: Students of a medical school. Interventions: The convenience sample included 278 students from the 5 health professional schools. A questionnaire with questions related to job and financial expectations and on future professional perspective was applied. Main outcome measures: Intention to work at primary care level. Results: Half of students stated they would like to work in hospitals: Only 14.5% expressed their intention to work in first level facilities. Most (87.1%) considered the university prestige as an asset for their future professional practice. More than half (57.6 %) said they would pursue post-graduate training. Almost 60% expressed an intention to work in Lima, 21.9% in provinces and 16.2% abroad. Average monthly salary expectation was equivalent to 1 577 nuevos soles, slightly more than 2 minimum vital wages for 2012. Conclusions: Expectation of future health professionals for working at primary care level was low in the group studied.

Keywords : Human resources in health; migration; students; primary health care; Peru.

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