General Practitioners’ Viewpoints about Continuous Medical Education Programs


Ali Koosha 1 , * , Nahid Kazemizanjani 1 , Abbasali Nourian 1 , Nouredin Mousavinasab 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Koosha A , Kazemizanjani N , Nourian A, Mousavinasab N . General Practitioners’ Viewpoints about Continuous Medical Education Programs, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 7(1):e59512.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 7 (1); e59512
Published Online: July 15, 2010
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 06, 2017
Accepted: March 10, 2010




Background & Objective: Need assessment is can be applied as a tool for a better usage by
managers and designers of Continuous Medical Education (CME) programs. Hence, this study was
conducted to assess general practitioners’ viewpoints about Continuous Medical Education
Programs held in Zanjan University of Medical Education.
Methods: This descriptive study was conducted on all general practitioners of Zanjan province
(450 persons) but only 260 ones participated by filling in the questionnaires.
Results: The motive to participate in CME programs in 46.2% of the participants was gaining credit
points while updating scientific information was reported in 38.8% of them. 58.8 percent of the
physicians believed that the effect of CME programs was moderate to high; 56.5% wanted 5 to 10
CME programs a year. The influence of CME programs’ place was high to very high according to
64.2% of the participants; 51.2 percent preferred weekends whereas 40.7% preferred daily four-hour
programs. 58.8 percent were in favor of holding pre-tests and post-tests to determine the qualitative
effect of the program.
Conclusion: According to general practitioners, CME programs could be more effective. So it is
recommended to hold these programs at the weekends, one day a week and four hours a day. Five to
ten programs are also suggested in a year.


Continuous Medical Education General practitioner viewpoints

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