J Med Assoc Thai 1999; 82 (9):900

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Predictors of Leadership Styles of Medical Students : Implications for Medical Education
Sriratanaban J Mail, Chiravisit M , Viputsiri O

Providing effective health care services for a population involves a great deal of teamwork
among health care workers and leadership of physicians. The primary purpose of this study
was to assess the leadership styles of medical students, and to explore factors that may be associated
with them. Leadership questionnaires were used to assess leadership styles of 97 sixth-year medical
students of the 1995 class at Chulalongkorn University attending the community medicine III
program which was designed to introduce basic knowledge and skills in health care management.
The baseline leadership styles of the students were more people-oriented than taskoriented.
Multivariate analyses revealed that administrative experiences from extracurricular
activities and perceived importance of a health administration course were significantly associated
with leadership styles.
Medical students should be encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities during
their medical studies, taking leader positions, in order to develop an optimal leadership style to be
effective health team leaders.
Key word : Leadership, Medical Students, Community Medicine, Medical Education

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