59pc medical students suffer from infection phobia

AL AIN — A recent study has shown that more than 59 per cent of the students from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University, were thinking of changing their specialisation to other colleges.

By Lana Mahdi

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Published: Sun 12 Dec 2004, 11:32 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:26 PM

This study has won the prize of the best research paper from the AGCC Medical Education Conference. The study was conducted on a random sample selected from faculty students in different classes.

According to the survey, conducted by Mona Alhammady and Nora Al Ali from the Faculty of Medicine, the main reason compelling students to change their college is fear of getting infected by disease. The study showed that 86 per cent of the female students feel symptoms of the same diseases their patients suffer from, while 55 per cent of the male students feel the same.

The survey points out that the infection phobia among Grade II female students is 95 per cent, among Grade IV students 33 per cent, and among Grade VI 21 per cent.

The research paper also showed that students have visited doctors to make sure that the patient they had checked did not infect them. Students’ fears are due to a psychological factor called the ‘New Medical Student’s Phobia’.

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