Risk Factors of Course Retaking, Academic Probation and Graduation Delay in Graduate Students of Kashan University of Medical Sciences Medical School during 1986-2003

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Esmail Fakharian 1 , Zahra Tagharrobi 1 , * , Fakhrosadat Mirhoseini 1 , Seyed Asghar Rasouli Nejad 1 , Hosein Akbari 1 , Hosein Ameli 1

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1 Iran

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Strides in Development of Medical Education: 7 (2); e60567
Published Online: January 15, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 20, 2017
Accepted: October 20, 2010

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Abstract

Background & Objective: Failure to pass academic courses and graduation delay are among important issues in educational systems. In regard to the importance of recognizing causes of academic failure, this study was designed to find risk factors of course failure, academic probation and graduation delay in medical graduates of Kashan University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study, all graduates of Medical school in kashan University of Medical Sciences from 1986 to 2003 (n=586) were selected through census sampling method. Demographic features, the incidence and state of retaking academic courses, academic probation, and graduation delay were recorded in a questionnaire. Then probable risk factors were determined by analyzing data through Chi-square and Fisher exact tests and logistic regression.
Results: Academic probation was seen in 32 ones (5.1%) and it had the highest prevalence in the first two semesters. Course retaking and graduation delay had respectively occurred in 98 (16.72%) and 189 subjects (32.3%). Biochemistry and Professional English were the most frequent retaken courses. The most important risk factors of academic failure were found to be interuniversity transfers, following quota system in student admission, non-domestic admission, being married and having low high school Diploma grade point average.
Conclusion: Considering the important role of demographic features, educational background and admission criteria in academic standing, modifying admission requirements as well as identifying and supporting at risk students are highly suggested.

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Academic Failure Medical student Kashan.

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