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Improvement Strategies for the Design and Implementation of a Half-Day Medical Careers Exploration Program for Young Women

Rodgers, Diana H. (2020) Improvement Strategies for the Design and Implementation of a Half-Day Medical Careers Exploration Program for Young Women. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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High quality career exploration programming has the potential to increase student self- efficacy, diversify professions, and address community job fulfillment needs. The purpose of this inquiry to analyze the implementation and design of a brief medical career exploration program for young women in order to improve the program prior to producing a program hosting guide for widespread use. The “I Look Like a Cardiologist” conference is a half-day mentoring and career exploration conference for young women interested in medicine in Western Pennsylvania. The goal of the conference is to increase student knowledge about and enthusiasm for cardiology through lectures, simulations, and mentoring sessions in order to address the underrepresentation of women within the field of cardiology by inspiring the students to more deeply consider a career in the field. Pre-conference, post-conference, and two-month post-conference Likert-scale surveys were administered, and the results analyzed. Additionally, 12 participants were interviewed, and the interviews were transcribed, coded, and analyzed for themes in order to provide further feedback on conference implementation and design. The results of the quantitative and qualitative data analysis led to the creation of a program implementation guide for other medical departments looking to develop brief career exploration programs for their target populations.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rodgers, Diana H.dhr10@pitt.edudhr10
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPerry, Jill
Committee MemberFertman,
Committee MemberBerlacher,
Date: 2 September 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 29 July 2020
Approval Date: 2 September 2020
Submission Date: 6 August 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 155
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: EdD - Doctor of Education
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Medical career exploration, program improvement, medical education
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2020 15:36
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2020 15:36


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