The Conformity of Educational Programs to the Educational Priorities of Medical Doctors; A Study in Department of Ophthalmology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Iran


Mohammad Hashempur 1 , * , Mahmood Nejabat 1 , Mojtaba Heydari 1 , Mitra Amini 1


1 Iran


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 9 (2); e60690
Published Online: January 15, 2013
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 22, 2017
Accepted: September 19, 2012




Background & Objective: Due to increasing rate of medical knowledge volume and depth,
introducing new tasks and roles for general practitioners, and restriction of time and resources in
medical education, it is essential to follow educational priorities especially in teaching medical
doctors. The aim of this study was to determine the conformity of educational programs of
ophthalmology department in Shiraz school of medicine, Shiraz, Iran, with the required
educational priorities in medical doctor (MD) curriculum.
Methods: In this research, we focused on two aspects of theoretical education of ophthalmology;
theoretical classes and final examinations. First, the topic discussed in the class or asked in final
examinations was determined and its priority was graded according to a grading scale of A to D
used in comprehensive study of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Iran. Then, after
calculating sum of priorities, the rate of conformity with the expected priorities was determined
using chi-square test.
Results: In both theoretical classes and final examinations, significant difference was observed
between educational materials and the expected educational priorities (P < 0.05).
Conclusion: In some cases, the priority “A” had been paid less attention and priorities “B”, “C”,
and “D” had been paid more attention than the expected rates. Since the priorities considered in
this study were based on those in Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences comprehensive
study that is approved by faculty members of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, revision of
the educational priorities seems to be required.


Medical education Educational priorities Educational program Ophthalmology Medical students evaluation

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