Original Article

IJMDC. 2022; 6(4): 630-636

Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?

Authors: Tareq Alyahya, Faisal Ali Al Jabr, Abdulaziz Ahmed Albahrani, Ahmed Yousef Almulhim, Ali Salman Alzaid, Hassan Abdrabalreda Alqattan, Rayan Abdulwahab Buhalim.

ABSTRACT

Background: Plastic surgery has multiple sub-specialties, with hand surgeries being one of them. Medical students must recognize hand surgery as a subspecialty to understand the full scope of the discipline and improve their future referral patterns. This is the first study in Saudi Arabia to assess medical students’ perception of the role of plastic surgeons in hand surgeries. Methods: TThe study is cross-sectional, with an online questionnaire distributed among medical students in a local medical institute. The data were collected between January and February 2021. The data were analyzed using Statistical Packages for Social Sciences version 21. Results: Three hundred and one student participated. There were 198 males and 103 females. Students most commonly chose plastic surgery to treat the burn of the hand scenario (67.8%), while the most commonly chose orthopedic surgery to treat a severed finger extensor tendon (71.1%), fracture scaphoid (89.4%), and rheumatoid arthritis deformity (63.8%). The most commonly chosen general surgery was to treat a severed finger. The most common sources of information were the teaching sessions, the internet, and personal experience. Conclusion: Medical students were found to have insufficient perception that hand surgery is a plastic surgery specialty. Improving students’ perception is possible through problem based learning sessions led by doctors and increasing the number and length of plastic surgery clinical rotations.

Keywords:
Hand surgery, medical students, perception, knowledge, Saudi Arabia


';
Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?


Authors
Tareq Alyahya
Department of Plastic Surgery, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Faisal Ali Al Jabr
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Abdulaziz Ahmed Albahrani
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Ahmed Yousef Almulhim
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Ali Salman Alzaid
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Hassan Abdrabalreda Alqattan
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles

Rayan Abdulwahab Buhalim
College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
PubMed articlesGoogle scholar articles


Correspondence to:
. College of Medicine, King Faisal University, Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.; Faisal-aj@hotmail.com

Publication history
Received 30 Dec 2021
Accepted 24 Jan 2022
Published online 24 Jan 2022
Published in print 03 Mar 2022

How to cite this article?

Export to EndNote Export to refMan

Pubmed Style

Alyahya T, Jabr FAA, Albahrani AA, Almulhim AY, Alzaid AS, Alqattan HA, Buhalim RA. Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. IJMDC. 2022; 6(4): 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


Web Style

Alyahya T, Jabr FAA, Albahrani AA, Almulhim AY, Alzaid AS, Alqattan HA, Buhalim RA. Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. https://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=139820 [Access: August 18, 2022]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


AMA (American Medical Association) Style

Alyahya T, Jabr FAA, Albahrani AA, Almulhim AY, Alzaid AS, Alqattan HA, Buhalim RA. Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. IJMDC. 2022; 6(4): 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


Vancouver/ICMJE Style

Alyahya T, Jabr FAA, Albahrani AA, Almulhim AY, Alzaid AS, Alqattan HA, Buhalim RA. Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. IJMDC. (2022), [cited August 18, 2022]; 6(4): 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


Harvard Style

Alyahya, T., Jabr, . F. A. A., Albahrani, . A. A., Almulhim, . A. Y., Alzaid, . A. S., Alqattan, . H. A. & Buhalim, . R. A. (2022) Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. IJMDC, 6 (4), 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


Turabian Style

Alyahya, Tareq, Faisal Ali Al Jabr, Abdulaziz Ahmed Albahrani, Ahmed Yousef Almulhim, Ali Salman Alzaid, Hassan Abdrabalreda Alqattan, and Rayan Abdulwahab Buhalim. 2022. Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (4), 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


Chicago Style

Alyahya, Tareq, Faisal Ali Al Jabr, Abdulaziz Ahmed Albahrani, Ahmed Yousef Almulhim, Ali Salman Alzaid, Hassan Abdrabalreda Alqattan, and Rayan Abdulwahab Buhalim. "Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6 (2022), 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


MLA (The Modern Language Association) Style

Alyahya, Tareq, Faisal Ali Al Jabr, Abdulaziz Ahmed Albahrani, Ahmed Yousef Almulhim, Ali Salman Alzaid, Hassan Abdrabalreda Alqattan, and Rayan Abdulwahab Buhalim. "Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 6.4 (2022), 630-636. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


APA (American Psychological Association) Style

Alyahya, T., Jabr, . F. A. A., Albahrani, . A. A., Almulhim, . A. Y., Alzaid, . A. S., Alqattan, . H. A. & Buhalim, . R. A. (2022) Hand surgery as subspecialty of plastic surgery among Saudi medical students: is it recognized well?. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 6 (4), 630-636. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1640795610


Share this article

Click the icon of the social media platform on which you would like to share this article.

Article Statistics

Request permissions

If you wish to reuse any part or all of this article please contact the copyright holder, contact@ijmdc.com.

Copyright ©2022 Discover STM Publishing. All Rights Reserved.