THE PREFERENCE OF RADIOLOGY AS A POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL SPECIALTY AMONG FINAL YEAR MEDICAL STUDENTS OF USMANUDANFODIYO UNIVERSITY, SOKOTO

Saidu S.A, Umar F.K

Available online Jul 18, 2018.

[ Original ] Volume 25, Issue 4, 2016, Pages 325-329


Abstract

BACKGROUND: Recruitment into medical specialties outside the core clinical departments remains a
stumbling block to advancing medical practice in Nigeria. We set out to determine the factors influencing choice of
diagnostic radiology as a field of specialization by the final year medical students in Usmanu Danfodiyo University
College of Health Sciences, Sokoto.
METHODOLOGY: A descriptive cross sectional study was done. All the 2015/2016 session final year medical
students of Usmanu Danfodiyo University were administered a structured questionnaire by the authors. SPSS
version 20.0 was used for the result analysis. Univariate and bivariate analyses were done where appropriate to
describe variables.
RESULTS: A total of 62 out of 65 final year medical students responded. Fifty one(82.3%) had interest in
specializing after school. However, only 4(6.5%) of the students had interest in radiology. Male sex was found to be a
predictor for the choice of radiology.
CONCLUSION: Career guidance/re-orientation and clarification of general misconception about radiology is
necessary to avoid shortage of trained radiologists in the near future.


Keywords

Career choice, Radiology, Medical students,

October - December, 2016

Volume 25 | Issue 4

Page Nos. 325-329

Online since Oct 3, 2017

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