Limits...
A forecast of ophthalmology practice trends in saudi arabia: a survey of junior residents.

Alwadani F, Alrushood A, Altokhy H, Alasbali T - Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol (2010)

Bottom Line: A P-value of 0.05 or less was considered statistically significant for all analyses.Concerted efforts are required to encourage adoption to ophthalmic practice in public institutions rather than in private practice.In addition training in underrepresented subspecilaties should be encouraged to ensure adequate ophthalmic care for all citizens of Saudi Arabia.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, King Faisal University, King Fahad Hospital of the University, P. O. Box 2208, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 31952.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The aim of this study is to identify the trends in practice pattern among current ophthalmology residents in Saudi Arabia.

Materials and methods: Ophthalmology residents in Saudi Arabia responded anonymously to a written survey between November 2007 and February 2008. The survey contained questions on demographic information, medical education, residency training, career goals and factors influencing their career choice. The data were categorized by gender. The influence of gender on outcome was assessed in a univariate fashion using the Chi-square or Fisher exact test when appropriate. A P-value of 0.05 or less was considered statistically significant for all analyses.

Results: A total of 68 out of 85 residents (80%) responded to the survey. Over one-half of the residents preferred to pursue a fellowship within Saudi Arabia (53%), while others (25%) planned to train in North America. The majority of respondents wished to practice in an urban setting (63%). Anterior segment was the most desired subspecialty, while general ophthalmology and glaucoma were not a popular choice. Most residents were interested in refractive surgery (77%) and research (75%). The main factor influencing the decision to pursue ophthalmology was the ability to combine medicine and surgery (97%), while a positive elective experience was also an important factor, particularly for female respondents (91% vs. 57%; P < 0.001).

Conclusion: Concerted efforts are required to encourage adoption to ophthalmic practice in public institutions rather than in private practice. In addition training in underrepresented subspecilaties should be encouraged to ensure adequate ophthalmic care for all citizens of Saudi Arabia.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus

Responses to “What were the main factor influencing your Decision to pursue an ophtalmolagy residency training program”
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2991453&req=5

Figure 0001: Responses to “What were the main factor influencing your Decision to pursue an ophtalmolagy residency training program”

Mentions: The main factor influencing the decision to pursue ophthalmology training was the ability to combine medicine and surgery for 97% of the respondents. Intellectual stimulation (78%), workload flexibility and predictability (67%), ability to establish a good doctor-patient relationship (64%), positive elective experience (64%) and research opportunity (54%) were also commonly cited [Figure 1]. When comparing male residents with female residents, males were more inclined toward high earning potential (40.9% vs. 20%) and teaching opportunities (47.8% vs. 36.4%), while female residents were influenced more by positive elective experience (91% vs. 57%), doctor–patient relationship (82% vs. 60%) and workload flexibility and predictability (82% vs. 64%) [Figure 1].


A forecast of ophthalmology practice trends in saudi arabia: a survey of junior residents.

Alwadani F, Alrushood A, Altokhy H, Alasbali T - Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol (2010)

Responses to “What were the main factor influencing your Decision to pursue an ophtalmolagy residency training program”
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC2991453&req=5

Figure 0001: Responses to “What were the main factor influencing your Decision to pursue an ophtalmolagy residency training program”
Mentions: The main factor influencing the decision to pursue ophthalmology training was the ability to combine medicine and surgery for 97% of the respondents. Intellectual stimulation (78%), workload flexibility and predictability (67%), ability to establish a good doctor-patient relationship (64%), positive elective experience (64%) and research opportunity (54%) were also commonly cited [Figure 1]. When comparing male residents with female residents, males were more inclined toward high earning potential (40.9% vs. 20%) and teaching opportunities (47.8% vs. 36.4%), while female residents were influenced more by positive elective experience (91% vs. 57%), doctor–patient relationship (82% vs. 60%) and workload flexibility and predictability (82% vs. 64%) [Figure 1].

Bottom Line: A P-value of 0.05 or less was considered statistically significant for all analyses.Concerted efforts are required to encourage adoption to ophthalmic practice in public institutions rather than in private practice.In addition training in underrepresented subspecilaties should be encouraged to ensure adequate ophthalmic care for all citizens of Saudi Arabia.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Ophthalmology, King Faisal University, King Fahad Hospital of the University, P. O. Box 2208, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, 31952.

ABSTRACT

Purpose: The aim of this study is to identify the trends in practice pattern among current ophthalmology residents in Saudi Arabia.

Materials and methods: Ophthalmology residents in Saudi Arabia responded anonymously to a written survey between November 2007 and February 2008. The survey contained questions on demographic information, medical education, residency training, career goals and factors influencing their career choice. The data were categorized by gender. The influence of gender on outcome was assessed in a univariate fashion using the Chi-square or Fisher exact test when appropriate. A P-value of 0.05 or less was considered statistically significant for all analyses.

Results: A total of 68 out of 85 residents (80%) responded to the survey. Over one-half of the residents preferred to pursue a fellowship within Saudi Arabia (53%), while others (25%) planned to train in North America. The majority of respondents wished to practice in an urban setting (63%). Anterior segment was the most desired subspecialty, while general ophthalmology and glaucoma were not a popular choice. Most residents were interested in refractive surgery (77%) and research (75%). The main factor influencing the decision to pursue ophthalmology was the ability to combine medicine and surgery (97%), while a positive elective experience was also an important factor, particularly for female respondents (91% vs. 57%; P < 0.001).

Conclusion: Concerted efforts are required to encourage adoption to ophthalmic practice in public institutions rather than in private practice. In addition training in underrepresented subspecilaties should be encouraged to ensure adequate ophthalmic care for all citizens of Saudi Arabia.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus