Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Health Services Management Research Center, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Department of Medical Education, Education development center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

3 Education Development Center, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences, Zanjan, Iran


Background: Educational development of faculty members requires the adoption of clear and coherent strategies that pave the way for achieving goals in this area.
Objectives: This study aimed to design a comprehensive educational faculty development program in Kerman University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In the current descriptive study, we designed a comprehensive educational faculty development program based on four steps of Kern’s curriculum planning model from problem identification and needs assessment to the development of educational strategies in 2020. To implement the steps of problem identification and needs assessment, four focus groups were held with faculty members and some students.
Results: The educational needs of faculty members were determined based on the specific characteristics of the program audiences. As a result of the needs assessment, the specific educational needs of each target group were determined in 19 areas and 32 skills. Then, the specific goals and educational strategies of the program were developed.
Conclusion: The research led to the development of an educational comprehensive faculty development program. These results can help localize the educational needs of faculty members of different medical universities and improve the faculty development in the country.


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