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What do med students really want?

What do medical students want out of life? According to a poll in the December 1999 issue of the British Medical Journal, they want pretty much what everybody else does.

The Health Psychology Research Group, Faculty of Medical and Health Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand polled 620 medical students. Here are the results:

  • 34 percent of students wanted happiness;
  • 32 percent of students wanted lots of money;
  • 31 percent of students had altruistic wishes, such as world peace and good health for everybody everywhere.

There were some differences between men and women, though. Thirty-six percent of the women wanted peace and good health, compared with 26 percent of men. And 5 percent of the men wanted good sex, compared with less than 1 percent of women.

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