MEDICAL STUDENT SURVEY

The Joint Advertising, Market Research & Studies (JAMRS) Program is proud to announce the launch of the Medical Student Survey, which gathers data about medical students' interest in and awareness of public sector medical careers.

This survey will provide valuable information for use by various agencies and branches of the U.S. government, including the Department of Defense. The data we collect will be used to guide outreach efforts and for reports to public officials that will inform policy decisions related to the human resource management of medical students interested in public sector careers. In order to accomplish this objective, we are contacting a random sample of medical students in the United States and asking them to complete a survey.

Please note: The Medical Student Survey is being used to gather information only. The Medical Student Survey is not being used to recruit the respondents.

Medical Student Survey FAQs

  • How was I selected to receive the Medical Student Survey?
    Your name and address were drawn randomly from a list of medical students in the United States.

  • I was not sent a survey, but I would be happy to complete one, and I think you should be interested in my opinion.
    We randomly selected medical students from all across the nation to complete the survey to ensure we hear from a representative sample of this population in the United States. If we sent a copy of the survey to everyone who requested one, we would skew the selection and make the results less meaningful.

  • I am the person listed on the survey materials, but can I give the survey to someone else I know who might be more interested?
    It is very important that only the person to whom the survey is addressed completes it. This helps ensure that the findings remain representative of medical students in the United States. By filling out the survey, you can help us achieve this goal. If you do not want to participate, please send the blank survey back in the postage-paid envelope.

  • I doubt that you are interested in my opinion, since I am not interested in a public sector or military career. Should I complete the survey?
    Yes, we definitely want to hear from you. Only by hearing the different opinions of everyone in our sample can we be sure that our findings are representative and reflect medical students' true attitudes.

  • I received money with my survey. Do I have to return it if I decide not to complete the survey?
    No, the money is merely a small token of appreciation for considering our request. Although we really need to hear your opinion, if you feel you are unable to participate, please send the blank survey back in the postage-paid envelope and keep the money.

  • Why are you using taxpayer money to provide a survey incentive?
    An incentive is used to achieve a high survey response rate. This is important because it increases confidence that our survey estimates are not biased by differences between responders and nonresponders.

    Research clearly indicates that an incentive provides a reason for participating in the survey to those who would not otherwise participate due to lack of interest in the survey topic. Use of an incentive is an accepted survey practice, the value of which has been recognized by both the U.S. Government Accountability Office and the Office of Management and Budget. Furthermore, the incentive results in considerable cost savings to the U.S. government and taxpayers due to higher response rates.

  • I received a postcard reminding me to complete the survey, but I can't find a copy to complete. Can another one be mailed to me?
    Yes, you can request another copy by sending an email to info@medicalstudentsurvey.com.

  • I received a survey and have completed it, but the return envelope is missing. Can another one be mailed to me?
    Yes, you can request another envelope by sending an email to info@medicalstudentsurvey.com. Or you can just mail your completed survey to:

    Medical Student Survey
    P.O. Box 42047
    Arlington, VA 22204-9047

  • In the survey, why is "Hispanic" separate from "Race"?
    The U.S. Census Bureau designates "Hispanic" as an ethnicity, not a race. It is important that we understand how the people who respond to our survey compare with those of the United States, as tracked by the U.S. Census Bureau. In order to be able to do this, we have to phrase our race and ethnicity questions the same way the U.S. Census Bureau does.

  • Will my privacy be protected?
    Your privacy is very important to us. We want to assure you that your responses to the survey will remain confidential and that only aggregate statistics will be reported.

  • I received a survey, but I am not a medical student or a pre-medical student. What should I do?
    If you are not a medical student or a pre-medical student, please let us know by answering only the first question and returning it in the postage-paid envelope.

  • I received a survey, but I would prefer not to participate. What should I do?
    Although we would prefer that you help us by taking a few minutes to share your experiences and opinions, we also want to assure you that your participation is voluntary. If for some reason you prefer not to respond, please let us know by returning either the blank survey or a note in the postage-paid envelope.

  • I received a survey, but I have a few questions before I decide to fill it out. Whom can I contact?
    If you have any questions about the survey items or the process itself, please feel free to contact us at info@medicalstudentsurvey.com.