Evaluation of Education Development Centers for Medical Sciences: Challenges and Strategies

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Ali-Akbar Haghdoost 1 , Mozhgan Emami 2 , Reza Dehnavi 3 , Nader Momtazmanesh 4 , Farangis Shoghi Shafagh Aria 5 , Mohammad Mehrolhassani 6 , *

1 Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research Center for Modeling in Health, Institute for Futures Studies in Health, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

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

3 Ph.D. in Health Services Management, Associate, Physiology Research Center, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran, Iran

4 Specialty in Pediatrics, Medical Education Development Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Iran

5 M.Sc. in Education Management, Department of Education, Medical Education Development Center, Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Tehran, Iran, Iran

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

How to Cite: Haghdoost A, Emami M, Dehnavi R, Momtazmanesh N , Shoghi Shafagh Aria F , et al. Evaluation of Education Development Centers for Medical Sciences: Challenges and Strategies , Strides Dev Med Educ. 2014 ; 11(4):e59736.

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 11 (4); e59736
Published Online: December 28, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 08, 2017
Accepted: July 01, 2014

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Abstract

Background & Objective: The main objective of medical education is the training of competent and qualified personnel to maintain and improve public health. In this regard, education development centers (EDC) for medical sciences have been established to provide and assess the quality of education. Therefore, due to the need for these centers, this study aimed to examine their challenges and provide strategies to improve their performance.
Methods: An applied and qualitative study was carried out in 2013. The study population was 288 members of the managers and personnel of study centers and development offices of faculties, educational deputies, heads of universities, and faculty members. Data was collected during a 2-day scheduled conference in the form of 5 key lectures, 3 panels, and 6 Focus Group Discussions. Data analysis was performed using framework analysis.
Results: In the correct establishment of the centers, 7 key challenges and 18 sub-challenges were identified. Within the framework of the educational governance and leadership, components such as policy making, monitoring, evaluation, and predisposing components of implementation like structure, manpower, and processes were identified. The relationship between policy making, evaluation, and sub-components is defined by two key factors of knowledge management and communications.
Conclusion: EDC centers have been challenged because of moving away from the original position of knowledge management and communications in the field of governance to ensure and improve the quality of education. The 3 trends of integration of education and service delivery, privatization of services, and lack of clarity of interactions between public and private sector have exacerbated these challenges.
 

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Governance and educational leadership Quality of education Education development centers for medical sciences

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