Assessment of the Educational Environment of Major Clinical Wards in Educational Hospitals Affiliated to Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, from the Perspective of Medical Students

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Mehregan Heidari Hengami 1 , Nadereh Naderi 2 , * , Behjat Nasery 3

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1 B.Sc. in Microbiology, Department of Parasitology, School of Medicine, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in Immunology, Associated Professor, Molecular Medicine Research Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran, Iran

3 B.Sc. in Nursing, Medical Education Development Center, Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Bandar Abbas, Iran, Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (1); e58105
Published Online: April 27, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 15, 2017
Accepted: August 02, 2015

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Abstract

Background & Objective: The educational environment has a fundamental role in the quality and efficiency of education. The present study was undertaken to identify the perceptions of students on the educational environment in 4 major clinical wards at teaching hospitals affiliated to Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, in 2014.

Methods: In this descriptive cross-sectional study, educational environment was evaluated using the Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM). Sampling was conducted through census and the study population included all medical students (n = 184) passing their clinical courses in the internal, pediatrics, surgical, obstetrics and gynecology wards in 3 hospitals affiliated to Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences. Data were analyzed using ANOVA and Tukey’s tests.

Results: The mean score achieved from the total 200 scores of the questionnaire was 104.83 (52.4%). Although there was no significant difference between total scores of major clinical wards, the pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology wards obtained the highest lowest scores, respectively. No significant correlation was found between education and gender, and the subscales of educational environment. A significant difference was observed between major clinical wards in the subscale of teachers (P < 0.001).

Conclusion: The educational environment at clinical wards was considered as "good" by students. Nevertheless, problematic areas exist in all subscales of educational environment. The obtained results can be utilized to better understand and resolve educational environment issues in Hormozgan University of Medical Sciences.

Keywords

Dundee Ready Educational Environment Measure (DREEM) Educational environment Educational atmosphere Clinical wards Medical students

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