Critical Appraisal of the Submitted Theses by Medical Students of Rafsanjan Medical School during 1993- 2003


Zinat Salem 1 , Mohsen Rezaeian 1 , * , Siyavash Dehghan 1 , Ahmad Reza Sayadi 1 , Farhad Iranmanesh 1 , Mohammad Hasan Ahmad 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Salem Z , Rezaeian M , Dehghan S , Sayadi A R , Iranmanesh F , et al. Critical Appraisal of the Submitted Theses by Medical Students of Rafsanjan Medical School during 1993- 2003, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2005 ; 2(2):e57645.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 2 (2); e57645
Published Online: December 25, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 05, 2017
Accepted: August 20, 2005




Background: Submitting thesis is one of the most important tasks of medical students. Moreover medical
theses can be considered as a basic source for improving the health statues of the society.
Objective: The aim of this study was critical appraisal of the submitted theses by medical students of Rafsanjan
Medical School during 1993- 2003.
Methods: In the present cross- sectional study, 332 Medical theses were evaluated by using a questionnaire.
Data analysis was done by using simple descriptive methods and Chi- square test.
Results: According to the results, 258 theses (77.7%) have been well written. Theses submitted during the
recent years had better quality comparing to others (92.4% versus 73.9%). Theses supervised by more than one
leader were better in comparison to those with only one leader (91.5% versus 73.9%, P= 0.002). Moreover
theses with at least one advisor had a better quality than those conducted without any advisor (88.4% versus
39.7%, P= 0.0001).
Conclusion: Better quality of theses submitted during the recent years can show the beneficial effect of
participation of both medical students and their supervisors in Research Methodology Workshops held in the
recent years. This fact has also been reported in other studies.


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