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Graduating from medical school in an epidemic: A Study on the mental health and concerns of graduates

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Abstract: The 2019 coronavirus disease (covid-19) pandemic has had a huge impact on individuals around the world. So far, millions of people have been infected with the disease; However, the consequences of containment measures such as isolation and blockade affect more people. The purpose of this study was to explore the prevalence of self-reported anxiety and depression among Saudi medical students during the pandemic, as well as the concerns of medical students about to graduate. This cross-sectional study used an online survey to collect demographic data, validated anxiety and depression scale scores, and graduate concerns. The 7 items of generalized anxiety disorder scale (GAD-7) and 9 items of Public Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9) were used. The critical score of anxiety symptoms was (GAD-7) ≥   8) for Dpression (PHQ-9 ≥ 10). Out of 83 graduates, 55 completed the online survey. Anxiety symptoms were present in 34 , depression was present in 26 , and 19 had both depression and anxiety symptoms. Female graduates experienced higher anxiety symptoms (54 vs. 15 , ). The highest-ranked concerns were the possible effect of the pandemic on the forthcoming internship year and on the impact on the current academic course. We found high levels of anxiety and depression symptoms during the pandemic among our cohort of medical students in their final year of study. Our findings suggest that medical students in their final years may be negatively affected by the pandemic, where high levels of depression and anxiety coincide with concerns about the effect of the pandemic on the next phase of their vocation.

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