Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Ph.D Candidate in Medical Education, Research Center for Health Services Management, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 M.Sc. in Epidemiology, Research Center for Modeling in Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 PhD in Health Services Management, Assistant Professor, Students' research committee, Vice Chancellor of Research, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


  Background & Objective: Understanding the characteristics and criteria that students use to select their teachers is an indicator for evaluating teachers in order to improve the quality and effectiveness of education Hence the aim of this study is to investigate the characteristics of a capable university lecturer from the viewpoints of health services management students in Iranian medical universities   Methods: In this descriptive analytical crosssectional study 582 bachelors degree students of health services management participated Data were collected using a selfdeveloped questionnaire the content validity and reliability of which were confirmed The questionnaire included six main domains namely teaching method personal characteristics evaluation skills scholarly activities interpersonal skills and educational regulations Data were analyzed using Students independent ttest and ANOVA in SPSS software   Results: Our findings suggest that teaching methods (434) interpersonal skills (417) and personal characteristics (411) were the most important domains from the students perspectives On the other hand characteristic such as calling the roll (362) taking midterm quizzes (366) and teachers strictness (371) were the least important domains There was a significant relationship between sex and the educational regulations domain (P = 001) However there was no significant relationship between mean score of domains based on students term of education (P > 005) In total the correlation between all domains revealed 2 distinct categories in the form of personal characteristics and professional commitments   Conclusion: According to our results favorable characteristics of academics especially their individual characteristics and personality are one of the determining factors in achieving educational goals and increasing the quality of education


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