The Experience of Students in Medical Sciences In Their Studies Abroad In Recent Years.


Yasaman Nafisi 1 , Elham Pourkhandani 1 , Seyed Amin Ayatollahimousavi 1 , Ali-Akbar Haghdoost 1 , Mahmoud Reza Dehghani 1 , * , Ali Pourkhandani 1 , Pardis Sasani 1 , Rahele Zareshahi 1 , Behnam Sadeghi Rad 1 , Elham Talebian 1 , Azam Bazrafshan 1 , Shima Vaziri Nasab 1 , Azam Shamsadini 1

1 Iran

How to Cite: Nafisi Y , Pourkhandani E , Ayatollahimousavi S A , Haghdoost A, Dehghani M R , et al. The Experience of Students in Medical Sciences In Their Studies Abroad In Recent Years., Strides Dev Med Educ. 2011 ; 8(1):e59595.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 8 (1); e59595
Published Online: July 15, 2011
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 07, 2017
Accepted: March 22, 2011




Background and Objective: Scholarship is of such a great importance that even the developed countries pay special attention to it, while in developing countries it has been left unattended and there is no appropriate management to benefit from the its advantages. For this, scholarship has to be considered more seriously in the planning system of the country in order to achieve the highest yield beside all expenses.
Methods: Using registered documents as one of the best information sources, 366 students awarded scholarship between1997-2003 were enrolled into the study. Student's personal information at the time of going abroad, scholarship granted university, local university and students’ major and duration of study were considered as useful information and excluded carefully from electronic and paper documents under the cooperation of the scholarship office of Ministry of Health and Medical Education.
Results: Most of the students were studying in European countries (69.7%) and Australian and Oceania universities (12.6%). The average duration of study was (±0.46) 4.07 years for PhD and (± 0.54)5.12 years for clinical specialty candidates showing a significant difference between the two groups (P‹ 0.001). However, the noticeable point is that non-returning rate has been more than average for students who have received scholarship from those universities and also the ministry, while scholarship holders from level three universities were successful in science generating.
Conclusion: The highest number of awarded scholarships belonged to the large universities in the country and based on the available information it is difficult to judge whether scholarship awarding has been distributed fairly among universities or not.


Scholarship Degree statue Medical sciences

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