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Introduction: A lack of integration between basic sciences, including physiology and clinical practice, is a problem in medical education and may interfere with clinical reasoning. In this study, we evaluated the attitude of medical students of Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences toward this fact. Methods: 273 clinically active medical students (117 externs, 53 interns, and 103 residents) were handed in a questionnaire. Externs, and interns are medical students who have indirect and direct exposure to real patients respectively, and residents are medical doctors who are studying for specialization. The questionnaire included two questions aimed at the "memory retention of physiology" and "clinical application of physiology." Results: The percentage of students who stated there is a little/fair amount of physiology contents in their memory was significantly higher than those who claimed there is much/very much physiology knowledge in their memory 90.6% (106) versus 9.4% (11) in externs, 84.9% (45) versus 15.1% (8) in interns, and 84.46% (87) versus 15.53% (16) in residents, (p<0.001).  Also, there was a significant increase in the number of students who stated that physiology knowledge loss interferes with their clinical reasoning in comparison with who did not have such an idea, (81.2% (95) versus 18.8% (22) in externs, 77.36% (41) versus 22.64% (12) in interns, and 78.64% (81) versus 21.36% (22) in residents, (p<0.001). Conclusion: Clinically active medical students at Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences acknowledge that physiology is needed for better clinical performance. Having trouble remembering that knowledge can adversely affect future doctors' practice.

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