Why medical students choose to be surgeons

MALE, money-hungry, and keen for prestige. These are the traits that tend to propel medical students towards a career in surgery, an Australian study shows.

The researchers surveyed more than 2000 medical students, including 92 Australians, on a range of factors including their intended specialty and their motivations for pursuing a medical career.

The 383 keen on surgery were more likely to nominate "social prestige" and "remuneration" as their key motivation to become a doctor than those who