Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Specialist in Internal Medicine, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical Education Research Center, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student in Medical Education, Department of Medical Education, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Background and Objective: In the present study, the evaluation domain of ambulatory care training in Firoozgar Hospital, Tehran, Iran, was assessed based on the Iranian national standards of undergraduate medical education related to ambulatory education using the Baldrige scoring matrix. It also offered some suggestions for the promotion of education quality by use of the gap analysis method between the current condition and these standards.
Methods: This descriptive analytic study was a kind of evaluation research performed using the standard checklist published by the undergraduate medical education council. Document evaluation, survey, and observation were performed based on the Baldrige excellence model. After the confirmation of validity and reliability of the checklist, the establishment level of national standards was evaluated in the clinics of Firoozgar Hospital in the evaluation domain. Data were analyzed according to the national standards of the domain of ambulatory education and the Baldrige scoring matrix. Finally, the quality of the current condition was determined as very satisfactory, satisfactory, medium, weak, and very weak.
Results: In the clinics of Firoozgar Hospital, 25.50% of the national standards related to ambulatory education in the evaluation domain were observed and this domain was at a medium level.
Conclusion: Due to the medium level of the evaluation domain, it is suggested that ambulatory education authorities provide the necessary facilities and reformations by considering the national standards of ambulatory education in the domains that were determined as weak and need quality promotion.