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Factors affecting interest in cardiothoracic surgery among junior surgical residents in Nigeria.

Factors affecting interest in cardiothoracic surgery among junior surgical residents in Nigeria.
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Kesieme EB, Abubakar U, Olusoji O, Inuwa IM, Kefas J, Anumenechi N,


Kesieme EB, Abubakar U, Olusoji O, Inuwa IM, Kefas J, Anumenechi N, (click to view)

Kesieme EB, Abubakar U, Olusoji O, Inuwa IM, Kefas J, Anumenechi N,

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Cardiovascular journal of Africa 2017 03 0128() 1-5 doi 10.5830/CVJA-2017-004
Abstract
OBJECTIVE
A survey was undertaken to determine the factors that affect interest in cardiothoracic surgery (CTS) among junior surgical residents in Nigeria.

METHODS
A cross-sectional study was done using a pilottested, 56-item, semi-structured questionnaire, which was filled in by 238 junior surgical residents in accredited hospitals in Nigeria.

RESULTS
Few of the respondents (8.4%) were committed to specialising in CTS. A minority of them, 28.2 and 2.1%, had assisted in major thoracic procedures and open-heart surgeries, respectively. The relationship between the level of training, rotation in CTS in junior residency and interest in CTS were statistically significant (p < 0.05). The main important factors responsible for the low interest in CTS include the lack of equipment (92%), limited training positions (64.9%), poor or lack of exposure in CTS as a junior resident (63%) and in medical school (58.8%). CONCLUSION
There is a dire need to provide facilities and training opportunities to improve the cardiothoracic workforce in Nigeria.

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