Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Brief report


1 Subspecialist in Eye Anterior Segment, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology Dept., Poostchi Ophthalmology Research Center, Khalili Hospital, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student in Iranian Traditional Medicine, Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

3 Specialist in Community Medicine, Associate Professor, Department of Medical Education, Medical Education Development Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shraz, Iran


Background & Objective: Due to increasing rate of medical knowledge volume and depth introducing new tasks and roles for general practitioners and restriction of time and resources in medical education it is essential to follow educational priorities especially in teaching medical doctors The aim of this study was to determine the conformity of educational programs of ophthalmology department in Shiraz school of medicine Shiraz Iran with the required educational priorities in medical doctor (MD) curriculum Methods: In this research we focused on two aspects of theoretical education of ophthalmology theoretical classes and final examinations First the topic discussed in the class or asked in final examinations was determined and its priority was graded according to a grading scale of A to D used in comprehensive study of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences Iran Then after calculating sum of priorities the rate of conformity with the expected priorities was determined using chisquare test Results : In both theoretical classes and final examinations significant difference was observed between educational materials and the expected educational priorities (P < 005) Conclusion: In some cases the priority “A” had been paid less attention and priorities “B” “C” and “D” had been paid more attention than the expected rates Since the priorities considered in this study were based on those in Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences comprehensive study that is approved by faculty members of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences revision of the educational priorities seems to be required


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