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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 325-329

The preference of radiology as a postgraduate medical specialty among final year medical students of usmanudanfodiyo university, Sokoto

1 Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, UsmanuDanfodio University, Sokoto, Nigeria
2 Department of Radiology, UsmanuDanfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, Nigeria

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S A Saidu
Department of Radiology, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, College of Health Sciences, UsmanuDanfodio University, Sokoto
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1115-2613.279412

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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.

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