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Natl J Community Med. 2016; 7(2): 88-91

Assessment of Substance Use and Attitude Towards Internship among Intern Doctors in Maharashtra

Sampatti S Todkar, Viresh A Nandimath, Santosh Haralkar, Sanjay M Mulaje, Suresh K Mangulikar, Wasim A Bennishirur.

"Introduction: Substance use (SU) among medical students is well-known phenomenon. It may affect learning capabilities in medical students and the quality of health care offered to the patients may be hampered. This study was conducted in order to assess the SU among medical students and to study their attitude towards internship.
Methods:- Descriptive Study was conducted at Dr. V M Govt. Medi-cal College, Solapur Maharashtra, India. A pretested, anonymous semi open-ended questionnaire was administered to intern doctors. For this study we included all passed out final year MBBS students from a single class. Response rate was 88%. So the final sample was come out to 76 intern doctors. Appropriate statistical tests were applied.
Results: the most frequently used substance among intern doctors was alcohol consumption (18.42%), followed by cigarette smoking (10.53%) and tobacco chewing (5.27%).The attitude of most of the intern doctors (90.79%) was towards preparation of postgraduate medical entrance examination. also their choice of post graduation course was clinical branch (96.05%).
Conclusion: - The most commonly used substance among medical students was alcohol & cigarette smoking. The attitude of the intern doctors was towards preparation of postgraduate medical entrance examination.

Key words: Substance Use, Assessment, Attitude, Intern Doctors, medical students

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