Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 M.Sc. in Medical Education, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Nursing Education, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Razi School of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Neurologist, Professor, Neuroscience Research Center, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


  Background & Objective: Spiritual wellbeing is the most recent aspect of health and is the sole force that harmonizes physical mental and social aspects Academic citizenship behaviors are voluntary humanitarian valuebased and ethical acts carried out by students without any expectations Therefore the present study was designed to investigate the relationship between spiritual wellbeing and academic citizenship behaviors of postgraduate students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences Iran   Methods: This was a descriptiveanalytic study The study population consisted of 350 postgraduate students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences The subjects were selected from 7 schools of this university using proportionate sampling Data collection tools were the Ellisons and Paloutzians Spiritual Wellbeing Scale and the Academic Citizenship Behavior Questionnaire Data were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics in SPSS software   Results: The spiritual wellbeing of postgraduate students was at medium and high levels and academic citizenship behavior of students was also at a high level The spiritual health and academic citizenship behaviors of doctoral degree female married and older students were higher than others The higher the score of students spiritual health was the higher the score of academic citizenship behaviors was   Conclusion: According to the results of the study it is recommended that more attention be given to the spiritual health of students Moreover curriculum related to ethics must be introduced by universities as an effective factor in positive values to students In addition through strengthening of students spiritual health it can be expected that students with maximum ability and ethics will graduate and take responsibility for public health of the society


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