Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Brief report


1 Associate Professor, Dental Materials Research Center AND Department of Operative Dentistry, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Research Center AND Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Research Center, Department of Oral Medicine, School of Dentistry, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran


Background & Objective: Although residency courses in Iran have witnessed positive developments there are still some challenges necessitating further evaluations of these courses Therefore the aim of the present study was to identify the current problems and offer solutions for the obstacles to the related sciences course Methods: The current qualitative study was carried out in the School Dentistry of Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in 20132014 with a focus on content analysis The participants consisted of postgraduate students selected using purposeful sampling technique Data were collected through observation and interviews and then coded and assigned to predetermined categories Results: Data gave rise to the emergence of several concepts that can be used to depict the learning and teaching experiences of the related sciences course by postgraduate dental students These concepts included the nature of interdisciplinary clinical learning interdisciplinary education and exchange of ideas group discussions and familiarity with new therapeutic modalities being a member of the dental team team work spirit stress and anxiety resulting from the program suitable tutorstudent relationship differences in interdisciplinary backgrounds and learning sources conversions of potential abilities to full capabilities interesting aspects of clinical experience along with theoretical knowledge contradictions and similarities between practical activities and learning and dependence Conclusion: Although the duration of each residency course appears to be sufficient it is of great importance to establish more communication between different dental specialties from theoretical and practical aspects to make the dental specialty course graduates more efficient

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