Social dominance theory and medical specialty choice.

  title={Social dominance theory and medical specialty choice.},
  author={Brice Lepi{\'e}ce and Christine Reynaert and Philippe van Meerbeeck and Val{\'e}rie Dory},
  journal={Advances in health sciences education : theory and practice},
  volume={21 1},
Understanding how medical students select their specialty is a fundamental issue for public health and educational policy makers. One of the factors that students take into account is a specialty's prestige which hinges partly on its focus on technique rather than whole person. We examine the potential of a psychological framework, social dominance theory, to explain why some students, and not others, are drawn to more prestigious, technique-oriented specialties, based on their desire for… CONTINUE READING

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