Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : short communication


1 Ph.D. in Epidemiology, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Dept., Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

2 General Practitioner, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

3 Ph.D. in Health Service Planning, Associate Professor of Nursing Dept., Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

4 Ph.D. Candidate in Statistics, Instructor of General Health Dept., Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Iran

5 M.Sc. in Governmental Management, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Iran


Background & Objective : Failure to pass academic courses and graduation delay are among important issues in educational systems In regard to the importance of recognizing causes of academic failure this study was designed to find risk factors of course failure academic probation and graduation delay in medical graduates of Kashan University of Medical Sciences Methods : In this crosssectional study all graduates of Medical school in kashan University of Medical Sciences from 1986 to 2003 (n=586) were selected through census sampling method Demographic features the incidence and state of retaking academic courses academic probation and graduation delay were recorded in a questionnaire Then probable risk factors were determined by analyzing data through Chisquare and Fisher exact tests and logistic regression Results : Academic probation was seen in 32 ones (51%) and it had the highest prevalence in the first two semesters Course retaking and graduation delay had respectively occurred in 98 (1672%) and 189 subjects (323%) Biochemistry and Professional English were the most frequent retaken courses The most important risk factors of academic failure were found to be interuniversity transfers following quota system in student admission nondomestic admission being married and having low high school Diploma grade point average Conclusion : Considering the important role of demographic features educational background and admission criteria in academic standing modifying admission requirements as well as identifying and supporting at risk students are highly suggested


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