Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.Sc. in Midwifery and M.Sc. in Medical Education, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

2 M.Sc. in Nursing and M.Sc. in Medical Education, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, Medical Education Development Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

3 Specialist in Orthopedics, Associate Professor of Medical Education Dept., Medical Education Development Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

4 Specialist in Psychology, Assistant Professor of Psychology Dept., School of Medicine, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Background & Objective: Medical students should learn some skills for better clinical reasoning decision making and using evidence based medicine One of the most important attributes of a successful clinician is the ability of critical thinking in patient care situations The purpose of this study was to evaluate critical thinking skills (analysis evaluation inference and deductive and inductive reasoning) in medical students of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences Isfahan Iran Methods: This nonexperimental study was conducted on 92 men in first third and fifth years of medical education in 20082009 Data were collected using California Critical Thinking Skills Test (form B) and analyzed by SPSS software Statistical tests used for data analysis were ANOVA Duncan Posthoc and Pearson tests Results: The mean scores of 5 subskills were low in all three groups Significant differences were found among three groups in regard to evaluation (P = 048) inductive reasoning (P < 0001) and deductive reasoning (P = 001) Conclusion: It seems that students critical thinking skill is not so desirable in Iran and educational planning should be considered for its development


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