Attitudes and perceptions of medical students toward neurosurgery

Akhigbe, T. and Sattar, M. (2014) Attitudes and perceptions of medical students toward neurosurgery. pp. 226-228. ISSN 18788750 (ISSN)

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Objective To evaluate the attitudes and perceptions of medical student toward neurosurgery. Methods A cross-sectional survey comprising questions based on a Likert scale was used to analyze the attitudes and perceptions of third-year, fourth-year, and fifth-year medical students from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. An anonymous questionnaire containing 15 items was administered and scored following a Likert ranking scale (1, disagree; 2, agree somewhat; 3, agree moderately; 4, agree strongly). Results This prospective study included 60 students 20-26 years old (mean age, 23 years old). Most of the students agreed that their neurosurgery teaching is inadequate, neurosurgical history is difficult to obtain, neurosurgical signs are difficult to elicit, the neurosurgery training period is long, neurosurgical illnesses have poor outcomes, and neurosurgery can impede family life (70%-100%). Conclusions The findings identify some areas that may be targeted to stimulate and improve medical students' interest and passion toward the pursuit of neurosurgery as a specialty and ultimately to improve their learning experience.

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Additional Information: Export Date: 23 February 2015; Correspondence Address: Akhigbe, T.; National Neurosurgical Centre, Beaumont University Teaching Hospital, Dublin, Ireland; email:; References: Arnold, M.W., Patterson, A.F., Tang, A.S., Has implementation of the 80-hour work week made a career in surgery more appealing to medical students? (2005) Am J Surg, 189, pp. 129-133; Chung, R.S., How much time do surgical residents need to learn operative surgery? (2005) Am J Surg, 190, pp. 351-353; Dorsey, E.R., Jarjoura, D., Rutechi, G.W., The influence of controllable lifestyle and sex on specialty choices of graduating U.S medical students, 1996-2003 (2005) Acad Med, 80, pp. 791-796; Erzurum, V.Z., Obermeyer, R.J., Fecher, A., Thyagarajan, P., Tan, P., Koler, A.K., Hirko, M.K., Rubin, J.R., What influences medical students' choice of surgical careers - A critical appraisal (2000) Surgery, 128, pp. 257-258; Maslach, L., Leither, M.P., (1997) The Truth about Burnout, , Jossy Bass San Francisco; Miller, G., Bomboat, Z.M., Allen, F., Biernacki, P., Hopkins, M.A., Gouge, T.H., Riles, T.S., Impact of mandatory resident hour limitations on medical students' interest in surgery (2004) J Am Coll Surg, 199, pp. 615-619; Ward, C.D., Medical education and the challenge of neurological disability (1992) J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 55, pp. 54-58; Sullivan, P., Buske, L., Results of CMA's 1998 huge physician survey points to dispirited profession (1998) CMAJ, 159, pp. 525-528
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitudes; Likert scale; Medical student; Neurosurgery; adult; cross-sectional study; family life; female; human; male; normal human; prospective study; review; student attitude; surgical training; working time; young adult; Attitude of Health Personnel; Career Choice; Cross-Sectional Studies; Education, Medical, Graduate; Humans; Perception; Prospective Studies; Questionnaires; Students, Medical
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Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2015 03:08
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2015 15:49

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