1Norah Albdaya,1Hanan Alruwaybia, 1Hanan Alruwaybia, 1Samar Alanazi, 1Muhammad Alharthi, 1Muhammad Alharthif

1Imam Muhammed Ibn Saud Islamic University


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To assess the level of interventional radiology knowledge among medical students and compare it between undergraduate students in pre-clinical and clinical years and compere level of IR knowledge between the four public medical universities in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Material(s) and Method(s):

This cross-sectional study was conducted among undergraduate medical students in clinical and pre-clinical years from September 2020 to October 2020 . After the approval by the institutional review board (IRB) of Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University. The data was collected via a self-administered questionnaire that was distributed online using social media. The questionnaire consisted of 17 items about interventional radiology awareness and students’ interest, training paths, and hospital responsibilities


A total of 562 medical students participated in the survey from different universities in Riyadh in which 52.3 % of students were in pre-clinical years while 47.7 % were in clinical year. 31.7 % of students rated their level of knowledge as poor, 15.3 % as having no knowledge of IR, 31.3 % having adequate knowledge, 14.2 % as good knowledge and only 7.5 % of them rated themselves as having excellent knowledge about IR. Knowledge was higher in clinical students than preclinical students with significant correlation (P-value < 0.00) and clinical students had more tendency to have a career in both IR and radiology than preclinical students. clinical research projects, self-directed research and problem-based learning tutorials are the most favored tools that reported by students to learning IR (mean scores =4.87, 4.52 and 4.34 respectively).


This study has shown that almost a third of the students rated their knowledge of IR as poor, which indicate an inadequate level of knowledge among medical students; however, this is developing in clinical students who also are more tend to have a career in radiology and IR than students of pre-clinical students. Moreover, we recommend application of different tools as self-directed research, lectures from interventional radiologist and radiology elective in order to increase level of knowledge and increasing interesting of students toward having a career in radiology and IR.