Imaad-ur Rehman, Mobeen Ahmed, Salman Assad, Muhammad Aadil Rahman, Daoud Tayyab Rahman, Maham Jehangir.
Assessment of level of awareness and knowledge of interventional radiology among medical students at a Pakistani institution.
J Postgrad Med Inst Jan ;30(1):66-72.

Objectives: To evaluate the level of knowledge and interest in Interventional Radiology (IR) among medical students at a Pakistani Medical Institution. Methods: After ethical review board approval, a cross sectional study was conducted based on a survey distributed among 600 medical students at a Pakistani 5 year medical school. 288 (48 %) responses were received. Survey was based on 16 questions assessing knowledge, interest and perception of Interventional Radiology. Results: Among 288 respondents, 112 (39%) reported poor knowledge regarding IR; 132 (45%) had never been exposed to IR. Only 46 (16%) students chose to consider a career in IR. Main reasons for not considering a career in IR were lack of knowledge (49 %) or lack of interest (34%). Hundred students (34%) could correctly identify at least one IR procedure; 192 (66%) students were unclear regarding routine duties of Interventional Radiologist as part of a multidisciplinary team; 192 (66%) students stated that a 2 week radiology rotation would be sufficient; 168 (58%) stated that a mandatory 2 week core rotation in IR should be incorporated. IR lectures were rated as the most effective means of learning. Conclusion: Although level of knowledge and exposure to IR among medical students was suboptimal, they showed interest in learning more about this specialty. This deficit needs to be addressed in the undergraduate medical curriculum, not only to attract future innovators for continued growth of this specialty, but also to increase awareness among future referring physicians.

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