Epidemiology of Medical Students Syndrome in Tikrit Medical CollegeAuthor(s): Nahed A. Hassan*
Background: Medical Student Syndrome (MSS) is a phenomenon whereby medical students experience hypochondriacal symptoms and anxieties relating to the illnesses they are learning about. Anxiety, worry, and depression are all on the rise among medical students around the world. Because of the constant work and numerous examinations, it has been linked to a great deal of psychological stress.
Aim: It is widely acknowledged that medical school can be incredibly stressful and that being under a lot of stress puts one at risk for a variety of psychological and health-related problems. The goal of this study was to see how much worry medical students have about their health.
Materials and Methods: 165 Iraqi undergrad medical students from the University of Tikrit participated in this cross-sectional study, which was conducted utilizing an online self-administrated questionaire using Google form that was disseminated via social media. SPSS version 11.0 was used to examine the data that had been gathered to every analysis.
Results: The study found that the prevalence of MSS among the total sample was 73.9%. Female participants have higher frequency of MSS. The higher prevalence of MSS among students of low socioeconomic states, it was 90%. The Present Study reported that 67,27% of medical students with MSS have a disease- like feeling that keeps them up at night. Prevalence of MSS was higher in clinical Years approximately than in preclinical years.
Conclusion: It can be concluded that because medical students are more susceptible to conditions like Medical Student Syndrome, it is important to inform them of its symptoms and offer them support by addressing various stress-reduction techniques.