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1.  FUTURE SPECIALTY AND PRACTICE INTENTIONS AMONG SAUDI MEDICAL STUDENTS 
Objective:
The objective of the study is the identification of the specialty intentions, the reason behind that choice and the preferred practice location of the study population.
Methodology:
A cross sectional study was conducted using a self administered questionnaire distributed at the end of the academic year 1994. One hundred and forty nine (149) male and 104 female graduating medical students representing the four medical colleges in Saudi Arabia were included
Results:
The four major clinical specialties were selected by more than half of the students; Internal Medicine (17%), Surgery(16%), Paediatrics (14%) and Obstetrics (11%). Twenty seven percent were not sure of their future career choice. Primary health care was chosen by only 1.6% of the students. More men chose Surgery but more women chose Obstetrics and Ophthalmology.
Discussion:
“Financial incentives”, “no night duties”, “social reasons” and “less responsibilities” were the less frequently mentioned reasons for career choice. The qualifications in view were mostly Canadian Board for 49% of the students and Arab Board for 48% of them. The most frequently preferred locations for postgraduate training were Saudi Arabia (56%) and Canada (40%). The majority intended to practice in hospitals (90%) and in cities (85%).
Conclusion:
The current drastic deficiency of trained Saudi Family Physicians will continue unless targeted strategies to produce more generalists are undertaken.
PMCID: PMC3437160  PMID: 23008554
Specialty choice; Practice location; Medical students; Saudi Arabia
2.  “Hot Topics in Neonatology; December 12-14, 1993, Washington DC, USA” 
As a guest discussant, I had the pleasure and privilege of being invited to this important meeting which is held yearly. As the name implies, this meeting has its focus on subjects in which there was tremendous changes in the field of Neonatal Medicine, also on subjects where there is unanswered questions and controversial issues. The meeting was organized and chaired by Prof. J.F. Lucey, a well-known celebrity from the Pediatric World and the editor of the highly reputed journal, Pediatrics.
The topics that were chosen for this year included five subjects based on the criteria mentioned above.
PMCID: PMC3437155  PMID: 23012213
Neonatology; Premature; Anaemia

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