BACKGROUND: Neurophobia is a well-described phenomenon among medical students in many countries. Little is reported concerning the perceptions of neurosciences among medical students in China.
METHODS: We surveyed senior medical students in Wuhan, China, on their perceptions of neuroscience.
RESULTS: Students self-assessments of knowledge in various specialties ranked neurology low, but not the lowest. Students confidence in diagnosing neurological patients and managing neurological patients demonstrated significant correlation. A positive correlation was noted between confidence in these clinical parameters and the likelihood of specializing in neurology. Students reported bedside teaching and small group sessions as having the greatest value in learning neurology.
Conclusions: The low, but not the lowest ranking of self-perceived knowledge in neurology by medical students in Wuhan, China, differs from findings reported in other countries. In this exploratory study the investigators hypothesize that the well-described phenomenon of neurophobia may exhibit a less pronounced influence in Wuhan, China.
- Medical student
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology