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Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment

Leshawn Benedict , Kevin Si , Fok Han Leung .

Abstract
Objective: Networking in business is generally regarded as a highly valued skill. Few will disagree that networking in medicine has similar value. However, few medical school curriculums have included a formalized approach to teaching the skill of networking. In addition, there are limited studies that evaluate the use of a networking-focused curriculum in medicine. The objective of this study is to determine the perspectives of medical students on the use of a networking-based assignment titled “Personalized Resource List”.
Methods: Participants were recruited from the class of first-year medical students whom had participated in the “Personalized Resource List” assignment. Participants (N=9) were recruited via e-mail and volunteered to complete a structured interview.
Results: Thematic analyses of students’ responses revealed that first-year medical students valued “networking” as a skill. Two major themes identified that were important to all participants were the “formation of a professional relationship” and the “formation of a professional identity”.
Conclusions: Medical Students noted the importance of networking in medicine and found a formalized assignment within the medical school curriculum to be beneficial in their professional development.

Key words: Networking, Medical Student, Medical Education


 
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LB, KS, FHL, . Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment. J Contemp Med Edu. 2020; 10(1): 27-30. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145


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LB, KS, FHL, . Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment. J Contemp Med Edu. (2020), [cited April 20, 2020]; 10(1): 27-30. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145



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, L. B. ., , K. S. ., , F. H. L. . & (2020) Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment. J Contemp Med Edu, 10 (1), 27-30. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145



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, Leshawn Benedict , Kevin Si, Fok Han Leung, and . 2020. Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment. Journal of Contemporary Medical Education, 10 (1), 27-30. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145



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, Leshawn Benedict , Kevin Si, Fok Han Leung, and . "Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment." Journal of Contemporary Medical Education 10 (2020), 27-30. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145



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, Leshawn Benedict , Kevin Si, Fok Han Leung, and . "Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment." Journal of Contemporary Medical Education 10.1 (2020), 27-30. Print. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145



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, L. B. ., , K. S. ., , F. H. L. . & (2020) Business Networking in Medicine: Medical Students’ Perspectives on a Networking Assignment. Journal of Contemporary Medical Education, 10 (1), 27-30. doi:10.5455/jcme.20190912121145





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