Aim: The primary purpose of our study is to assess the future expectations of physicians about to graduate from medical school and their views on orthopaedics and traumatology. Secondly, determine why women are less likely to attend orthopaedic residency training and provide suggestions for overcoming gender discrimination.
Sixth or fifth-grade medical students who completed orthopaedics internships from different medical faculties were included in this study. An online survey was conducted for six months between June and December 2021. The survey consists of 5 sections: firstly, demographic information; secondly, the reasons for receiving medical education; third, plans for the future; fourth, factors that will cause women not to prefer orthopaedics and traumatology; and finally, the evaluation of the Orthopaedics and Traumatology education they receive.
Results: A total of 125 students participated in the study. Of these, 52 (42.6%) were male, and 73 (58.4%) were female. 64.8% of the participants did not have sufficient self-esteem to work as a physician. 45.2% of students studying at private faculty felt sufficient, this percentage was 27.7% at government, and the difference was statistically significant (p=0.048). 83.2% of students felt that the education they received was inadequate in a practical sense. 39% of the students would not prefer any medical school if they had the choice again. 75.2% stated that gender was not a factor, 20% said it was more appropriate for men, and 4.8% said that female orthopaedic surgeons were needed and should be preferred more often.
We think health plans should be developed to ensure that medical faculty students have a positive outlook on our country's future and to increase women physicians' participation in Orthopaedics and Traumatology.