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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 118-121

Research attitudes, barriers, and prior experience: Experience from interns working in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


1 Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand; Department of General Medicine, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3 College of Graduate Health Sciences, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Department of Surgery, College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yassar Alamri
Canterbury District Health Board, 4 Oxford Terrace, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011.
New Zealand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ajm.ajm_173_19

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Objectives: The aim of this study was to explore research productivity and attitudes by Saudi interns. Materials and Methods: Interns from two hospitals in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia were invited to participate in an online survey. Results: Fifty-seven interns responded to the survey. An accurate response rate is not possible because the invitation email reliably reached only a half of all 400 interns. Fifteen interns (26.3%) presented their research findings at a conference, and seven (12.3%) had managed to publish their findings. The main attractions to research were improving prospects of a successful residency/fellowship match (71.7%) and desire to learn more about the research subject (17%). Conclusion: Most interns in our sample expressed interest in being involved in research. The driving forces behind such eagerness, however, remain to be explicitly explored—although the majority of the sampled interns cited improved chances for a successful residency/fellowship match as the main reason.


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