The Role of Medical Residents’ Anxiety in Selecting Their Specialty Field and Place of Study


Sahar Vesal 1 , * , Seyed Ali Mousavi 1 , Gholam Reza Ghasemi 1 , Noshin Mehrbod 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Vesal S , Mousavi S A , Ghasemi G R , Mehrbod N . The Role of Medical Residents’ Anxiety in Selecting Their Specialty Field and Place of Study, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2012 ; 9(2):e60650.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 9 (2); e60650
Published Online: January 15, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 21, 2017
Accepted: October 16, 2012




Background & Objectives: Selection of specialty field to continue education is such a great
challenge for general physicians that can create stress in their personal life. The purpose of this
study was to determine the relationship between the rate of anxiety in medical residents and their
desired criteria in selecting specialty field and place of study.
Methods: This descriptive and cross-sectional study was performed on a total of 370 medical
residents selected through stratified sampling from Isfahan, Guilan, Zahedan, Sanandaj and Kashan
Universities of Medical Sciences, Iran. Data were collected through demographic features
questionnaire and Zung anxiety self-evaluation questionnaire..
Results: More than 92% of residents did not have anxiety and were in normal condition. From all,
168 (45.4%) had selected their specialty field based on just their personal interests, 55 (14.9%)
based on external factors, and 147 (39.74%) based on both internal and external factors. In regard to
the place of study, 220 residents (59.5%) were studying in their first three preferred cities and there
was a significant relationship between anxiety and place of education (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: Since academic satisfaction and success of medical residents is highly dependent on
studying in their favorite specialty field and place, administrative programming by officials and
planners is highly required for omitting barriers in selecting field and place of education.


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