Medicine as a calling among male and female medical students in Israel: Does it make a difference?

  • Aryeh LazarEmail author
  • Hadassah Littman-Ovadia
  • Tamar Ovadia


This study focused on the perception of medicine as a calling and its associations with medical training satisfaction, career certainty, career satisfaction, career commitment, and well-being among 176 Israeli medical students. Participants replied to an online questionnaire including the Brief Calling Scale (Duffy and Sedlacek in Career Dev Q 59:27–41, 2010) and measures related to medical training, a medical career, and well-being. Calling was positively associated with all outcome measures, and gender moderated these associations, which were stronger for female medical students in comparison with male medical students. The importance of taking these gender differences regarding calling under consideration for career counseling is discussed.


Calling Medical students Career satisfaction 


La Vocation Professionnelle (Calling) chez des Etudiant.e.s en Médecine en Israël: Fait-elle une Différence? Cette étude porte sur la vocation professionnelle (calling) chez 176 étudiant.e.s israë en médecine et des rapports que celle-ci entretient avec la satisfaction dans la formation médicale, la certitude du choix de carrière, la satisfaction au travail, l’engagement professionnel et le bien-être. Il était demandé aux participant.e.s de répondre à un questionnaire en ligne incluant le Brief Calling Scale (Duffy & Sedlacek, 2010) et des mesures en lien avec la formation médicale, la carrière médicale et le bien-être. Le sentiment de vocation est positivement associé à toutes ces mesures. De plus, le genre a un effet modérateur sur ces associations, plus fortes chez les femmes que chez les hommes étudiant la médecine. Il est discuté, dans le cadre du counseling de carrière, de l’importance de prendre en compte ces différences de genre en matière de vocation.


Medizin als Berufung unter Medizinstudentinnen und Medizinstudenten in Israel: Macht’s einen Unterschied? Diese Studie fokussierte auf die Verbindungen zwischen der Wahrnehmung von Medizin als Berufung und der Zufriedenheit mit der medizinischen Ausbildung, der Karrieregewissheit, der Karrierezufriedenheit, dem Karriere-Engagement und dem Wohlbefinden allgemein. Teilnehmer waren 176 israelische Medizinstudenten; sie beantworteten einen on-line Fragebogen der sowohl die Brief Calling Scale (Duffy & Sedlacek, 2010), als auch Messungen zu der medizinischen Ausbildung, medizinischen Laufbahn und Wohlbefinden beinhaltete. Berufung stand in positiver Verbindung mit allen Ergebnisdaten und Gender moderierte diese Verbindungen; letztere waren bei Medizinstudentinnen stärker als bei Medizinstudenten. Diskutiert wird, inwiefern es wichtig ist, diese Gender Unterschiede bezüglich Berufung in der Berufsberatung zu berücksichtigen.


La Medicina como vocación en estudiantes de Medicina en Israel: ¿Hay alguna diferencia entre hombres y mujeres? Este estudio se centró en la percepción de la medicina como una vocación y su relación con la satisfacción de la formación médica, la seguridad profesional, la satisfacción profesional, el compromiso profesional y el bienestar en 176 estudiantes de medicina israelíes. Los participantes respondieron a un cuestionario en línea que incluía la Escala Breve de Vocaciones (Duffy & Sedlacek, 2010) y medidas relacionadas con la formación médica, la carrera médica y el bienestar. La vocación se asoció positivamente con todas las medidas de resultado y el género moderó estas asociaciones, que fueron más fuertes para las estudiantes de medicina en comparación con los estudiantes de medicina masculinos. Se discute la importancia de tener en cuenta estas diferencias de género con respecto a la vocación, y sus implicaciones para la orientación profesional.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behavioral Sciences and PsychologyAriel UniversityArielIsrael
  2. 2.Sackler Faculty of MedicineTel-Aviv UniversityTel-AvivIsrael

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