Withering before the sowing? A survey of Oman's tomorrow's doctors' interest in psychiatry

S. Al-Adawi*, A. S.S. Dorvlo, C. Bhaya, R. G. Martin, A. Al-Namani, A. Al-Hussaini, A. Al-Guenedi

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Objective: This study investigated the attitudes of medical students towards psychiatry, both as a subject in their medical curriculum and as a career choice. Three separate domains were elicited: (i) merit, competency and status; (ii) perceived attitude and attributes toward psychiatry and psychiatric services and (iii) treatment. Materials and Methods: The 26-item scale Das and Chandrasena Questionnaire was administered prior to and immediately following an 8-week clinical training program. Results: Results indicate that the perception of psychiatry was positive prior to clerkship and became even more so upon completion of the training. However, there was a significant drop in the proportion of students who indicated that they might choose a career in psychiatry. Conclusion: This is consistent with other studies suggesting that perception of psychiatry is enhanced following a clerkship but this does not translate into psychiatry as a career intention. This finding is highlighted in light of the increasing magnitude of the number of people affected with mental disorders in a developing country like Oman but with no parallel development in psychiatric services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number117
JournalEducation for Health: Change in Learning and Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • Arab
  • Attitude
  • Medical students
  • Oman
  • Perception
  • Psychiatry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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