Anaesthesia as a career choice in a developing country; effect of clinical clerkship

J Pak Med Assoc. 2011 Nov;61(11):1052-6.


Objective: To explore the fourth year medical student's knowledge regarding anaesthesia as a specialty, their attitude towards anaesthesia as a career choice and the effect of clinical clerkship on these.

Methods: This survey was conducted in the Department of Anaesthesia of a university medical centre in a developing country. One hundred and fifty year four medical students rotating in anaesthesia were enrolled. They were asked to fill a structured questionnaire before (pre) and after (post) their anaesthesia rotation. The questionnaire sought information on their perception of anaesthesia as a specialty, role of anaesthetists clerkship duration, and reasons for considering or not considering anaesthesia.

Results: Prior to anaesthesia clerkship 12 students (8%) included anaesthesia in their first three career choices (2 as first preference). Post clerkship 36 (24%) included it in their first 3 career choices (3 as first preference). There was a change in perception of specialty for 57 participants.

Conclusion: The findings support the positive influence of anaesthesia clerkship on changing the attitude of medical students towards anaesthesia specialty in a developing country with shortage of anaesthesia personnel.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anesthesiology / education*
  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Career Choice*
  • Clinical Clerkship*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Knowledge
  • Male
  • Pakistan
  • Specialization
  • Students, Medical / psychology*
  • Students, Medical / statistics & numerical data
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Young Adult