Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 PhD in Nursing Education, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

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

3 Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Education Development Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


Background & Objective: Students are faced with many problems that can be associated with irreversible damage and devastating effects Psychological pressure is caused by changes in living conditions separation from family economic and financial problems marriage employment while studying and consequently educational problems including academic failure unnecessary transfer and changing of field of study and lack of scientific competence and dropping out reduced performance poor educational achievement All these show that the authorities have a grave responsibility in recognizing controlling and preventing educational damages Thus the aim of the present study was to identify students academic problems and the role of lecturers and counselors in resolving these problems from the view of students of Kerman University of Medical Sciences Kerman Iran Methods: The present research is a crosssectional study The data collection tool was a questionnaire consisting of 4 parts demographic characteristics the opinion of students about the counseling duties of lecturers students problems and the role of lecturers in reducing problems Validity and reliability of the questionnaire were determined using content validity and testretest (r = 078) respectively Data analysis was performed using SPSS software Results: Our findings indicate that of the 500 students studied 351 were female (702%) and 149 (298%) male The average age of the participants was 217 years The mean and standard deviation of the students psychoemotional problems was 144 ± 629 educational problems 9711 ± 1151 social and communicative problems 986 ± 796 and financial and economic problems 234 ± 61 Based on the view of students the mean and standard deviation of the role of counselors in the mentioned academic problems was 982 ± 3346 Conclusion: The majority of the problems expressed by students were related to social and educational issues which can cause problems for the students in respect to their educational and professional goals As a result of these problems students may require guidance and counseling services Students inadequate knowledge of consulting services may be the cause of their lack of use of these services for solving their problems With careful planning and updating and expanding counselors activities and knowledge more effective steps can be taken to reduce educational problems and promote the academic status of students


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