Attitudes toward neurosciences in medical students in Wuhan, China: A survey study

Rimas V. Lukas*, Brian Cooper, Ivy Morgan, James R. Brorson, Hongmei Dong, Renslow Sherer

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-269
Number of pages4
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014


  • China
  • Education
  • Medical student
  • Neurology
  • Neurophobia
  • Neuroscience
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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