Table 1: Students’ understanding of plastic surgery.
(a) Source of information for plastic surgery

OptionsMcGill % ()Birmingham % ()χ2, p value Non-medical staff % ()χ2, value

Elective12.5 (9) 2.3 (4)10.50, 7.74 (13)NS
Media30.55 (22)69.59 (119)30.41, 84.52 (142)32.25,
Teaching 38.89 (28)17.54 (30) 13.06, 3.57 (6)31.12,
Friends 26.39 (19)15.79 (27)3.87, 14.88 (25) 29.95,

(b) Generic knowledge of plastic surgery

QuestionMcGill % ()Birmingham % ()χ2, valueNon-medical staff % ()χ2, value

Is the name “plastic” the same as “cosmetic”?4.17 (3)14.04 (24)4.99, 30.95 (52) 25.18,
Is plastic surgery limited to a specific part of the body?1.4 (1)2.92 (5)NS6.55 (11)NS
Do plastic surgeons deal with emergency cases?98.61 (71)92.98 (159)NS79.76 (134) 21.739,
Should plastic surgery be included in the undergraduate curriculum?66.67 (48)48.54 (83)6.70, 70.83 (119) 11.94,
Is it appropriate to offer cosmetic surgery operations under the National Health Service?40.27 (29)56.14 (96)5.10, 69.05 (118) 14.70,
Would you/students consider applying for plastic surgery training?18.06 (13)18.71 (32)NS75.00 (126)130.43,

(c) Operations performed by plastic surgeons only

OptionsMcGill % ()Birmingham % ()χ2, valueNon-medical staff % ()χ2, value

Prominent ear37.5 (27)43.86 (75)NS43.86 (73)NS
Tummy tuck56.94 (41)60.82 (104)NS46.43 (78)7.02,
Cleft palate26.39 (19)21.05 (36)NS38.69 (65) 12.39,
Hand trauma29.17 (21)12.28 (21)10.10, 28.57 (48) 7.4,
Facelift72.22 (52)76.02 (130)NS60.71 (102) 9.36,
Skin lesions6.94 (5)8.77(15)NS28.57 (48) 29.76,
Breast Enlargement70.83 (51)60.23 (103)NS51.79 (87) 5.5,
Breast reduction56.94 (41)33.33 (57)11.74, 41.66 (70)NS

(d) Surgical specialties overlap with plastic surgery

OptionsMcGill % ()Birmingham % ()χ2, value Non-medical staff % ()χ2, value

Trauma and orthopaedics88.89 (64)87.13 (149)NS69.64 (117) 20.36,
Vascular69.44 (50)62.57 (107)NS23.21(39) 68.23,
General surgery69.44 (50)59.65 (102)NS43.06 (72) 15.53,
Dermatology88.89 (64)88.3 (151)NS55.36 (93) 58.02,
Ear, nose, throat (ENT)93.06 (67)80.7 (138)5.86, 56.55 (95) 38.98,
Maxillofacial91.67 (66)94.74 (162)NS79.17 (133) 19.97,