Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.Sc. in Educational Management, Senior Expert of Educational and Research Affairs, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Educational Sciences, Professor of Educational Sciences Dept., School of Educational Sciences and Psychology, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


  Background & Objective: To ensure students research experience acquisition is o ne of the most important goals of conducting a thesis In such a process evaluating students satisfaction is one of the most significant challenges Hence this research was aimed to study students satisfaction of thesis conducting process and its related factors in Tabriz University of Medical Sciences   Methods: In this survey 100 medical dentistry and pharmacy students who were becoming graduates and were about to defend their thesis participated Samples were selected using stratified sampling Data was collected using a questionnaire which its reliability and validity were already confirmed   Results: According to the results mean (±SD) of supervision on thesis scientific skill development research bases skill development of research and thesis assessing process were 331(±095) 342(±071) 226(±080) 337(±070) and 347(±092) respectively The mean score of research bases was significantly less than others (P= 00001) The mean score of female students satisfaction of research bases and developing research skill was significantly higher than male students (P= 0026 and 004 respectively)   Conclusion: The results of this study revealed that the lowest students satisfaction belonged to “scientific seminar planning” “financial support of scientific activities” and “scientific and research atmosphere” all belonged to research bases As research infra structure and atmosphere are important factors in research activities they should be among priorities of higher education planning


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