Accepted for/Published in: Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Date Submitted: Nov 30, 2018
Open Peer Review Period: Dec 3, 2018 - Dec 7, 2018
Date Accepted: Mar 24, 2019
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Perception of Plastic Surgery Among Medical Students and Role of the Media: A Cross-Sectional Study
Plastic surgery specialty is gaining a lot of popularity recently. Despite this, there seems to be a limited perception and poor understanding by both medical professionals, including medical students, and the general public Which might alter referral patterns as well as their choice to pursue a career in plastic surgery.
The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge and perception of plastic surgery among medical students and to explore the influencing factors underlying particular beliefs.
Data for this cross-sectional study were collected between August 22 and December 22, 2017. The questionnaire was formulated on the basis of our own study objectives and from available questionnaires with similar objectives. It was composed of 14 questions divided into three main parts: demographics, the specialty of plastic surgery, and media involvement and its effect on plastic surgery. The study was conducted via an online questionnaire among medical students in all years at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Data were considered significant at P < 0.05. All analysis was performed by using SPSS, version 20 (IBM, Armonk, NY, USA).
A total of 886 medical students participated in this study. The mean age of the participants was 21.2 years. The mean awareness score was 9.7±4.2 for female students and 8.3±4.2 for male students (p < 0.001). The condition most commonly recognized as being treated by a plastic surgeon was burns (70.3% of responses).
Medical students do not have adequate awareness of plastic surgery and early exposure to this specialty may enhance their awareness.
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