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Objectives: Professionalism has garnered immense attention in medical education due to increased societal accountability and focus on excellence in healthcare. However, less attention has been given to identifying attitudes about professionalism in medical students who are the future advocates of the healthcare system. This study aimed to assess perceptions of Saudi undergraduate medical students towards professionalism. Methods: A crosssectional survey was carried out among second and sixth year students of the College of Medicine, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, Dammam, Saudi Arabia, in September 2018. A self-administered professionalism questionnaire was anonymously completed. Students were asked to provide their level of agreement with 18 survey items using a 5-point Likert scale. Results: Overall, 288 students participated in the study (males: 49.3% and females: 50.7%), with a response rate of 90%. The median professionalism score was high (71.0; range: 64–76) regardless of age, gender or level of education. Similar high scores were noted in the following subscales: Excellence, 20.0 (range: 18–21); Respect for Others, 17.0 (14–18); Altruism, 12.0 (10–13); Duty, 8.0 (7–9); Accountability, 7.0 (6–8) and Honour and Integrity, 8.0 (7–10). No gender differences were observed in the majority of subscales. However, males demonstrated higher scores in the Duty subscale (males: 9.0 versus females: 8.0; P = 0.026). Conclusion: Medical students demonstrated high professionalism scores. Future studies are needed to assess the impact of the course curriculum on their level of professionalism over time.

Keywords: Attitudes; Curriculum; Medical Students; Professionalism; Survey; Saudi Arabia.

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AlKhater, S. A. (2021). Perception of Saudi Undergraduate Students Towards Professionalism in Medicine. Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal [SQUMJ], 21(3), 378–385.