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Education Research International
Volume 2016, Article ID 8234841, 8 pages
Research Article

Patients’ Perception toward Medical Students’ Involvement in Their Surgical Care: Single Center Study

1Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
3Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
4Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt

Received 23 January 2016; Revised 24 June 2016; Accepted 10 August 2016

Academic Editor: Connie M. Wiskin

Copyright © 2016 Talal Al-Khatib et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objectives. To investigate patients’ perception regarding medical students’ role in the operating theatre. Methods. A cross-sectional study was conducted on a randomly selected sample at King Abdulaziz University Hospital. Results. 131 participated in this study. 77 of the participants were females and 50 participants were males. 46.4% think that it was important for the future doctors to be in theater during surgery. 60.2% thought that medical students only observed surgeons in the theatre and 39% thought that medical students performed minor procedures in the theatre. Conclusion. Patients underestimated the importance of medical students’ attendance and involvement in theatre compared to bedside teaching and outpatient clinics. Patients believed that medical students should obtain their consent prior to observing them in the theatre.