4Salha Mohammed Bahkali, 2Ali Hussain Ali Alharbi, 3Fatimah Hussain Kamili, 1Ibrahim Alrashidi

1Prince Sultan Medical Military City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; 2Jazan University, Jazan, Saudi Arabia; 3King Fahad Central Hospital, Jazan, Saudi Arabia; 4General Hospital, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

 

Background:

We aimed to conduct a survey among medical students of Jazan University to explore their knowledge about Interventional Radiology (IR),  interest in IR as a future career, and preferred methods of training about IR.

Methods and Materials:

This was a cross-sectional, self-directed questionnaire study. The target population was all medical students at Jazan University. Surveys were sent to 300 students. The questionnaire consisted of 11-closed and open-ended questions.

Result(s):

A total of 270 students responded (67.5%); more than one-third of the respondents (37.54%) were in the preclinical stage, while the rest were in the clinical stage. 62.5% of clinical and 66.4% preclinical identified IR. About interventional radiologists, clinical vs preclinical students’ responses were as follows: 50.9%/50% thought them, radiologists, 29.5%/27.8% thought them, special surgeons, 31.3%/30.4% believed they are vascular surgeons working with X-rays, 19.6%/17.7% said they are general surgeons working with X-rays, and 48.2%/45.6% said they are special radiologists who work with percutaneous techniques. There was a significant difference (p = 0.041) in the responses between preclinical and clinical students regarding knowledge about what this medical specialty does (60.8% of clinical students said yes vs 39.2% of preclinical students).

Conclusion:

This study demonstrated that the basic knowledge and interest in IR in the undergraduate curriculum among Jazan medical students is impoverished. About half of the respondents were clinical students who understood the radiology specialty than one-third of preclinical students. This could impact the student’s decision toward IR as a career.