Objective: To determine the specialty preferences and the reasons for those choices among medical interns and junior medical doctors at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), Guyana.
Methods: A cross-sectional study of recent medical graduates at GPHC using anonymous selfadministered questionnaires was used.
Results: Of the study population of 66, 60 of the questionnaires that were filled were returned (response rate of 91.5%). The females comprised 60% of the respondents and 98% of the respondents were interested in Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME). Paediatrics was the most popular programme (25% of the respondents) followed by internal medicine (21%), and the main reason among the respondents for their choice of training programme was personal interest (69%). Gender differences occurred in paediatrics and ophthalmology where the females were predominant, and in orthopaedics and anaesthesia, where the males were predominant.
Conclusion: To ensure an adequate and balanced medical specialists workforce for the future, information on medical graduates’ perceptions and preferences of PGME and the factors influencing their choices is important to policy planners and medical educators and efforts must be made to correct any of the maldistributions noted.