Problems of Continuing Medical Education Programs and Their Solutions from the Viewpoint of Faculty Members


Seyed Hadi Hakak 1 , Abbas Allami 2 , * , Fariba Derakhshan 3 , Mahnaz Abbasi 4

1 General Physician AND MPH Student, School of Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran, Iran

2 Specialist in Infectious Diseases, Associate Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran, Iran

3 M.Sc. in Medical Education, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran, Iran

4 Rheumatologist, Associate Professor, Metabolic Disease Research Center, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran, Iran

How to Cite: Hakak S H , Allami A, Derakhshan F , Abbasi M . Problems of Continuing Medical Education Programs and Their Solutions from the Viewpoint of Faculty Members, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2017 ; 13(6):e60989.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 13 (6); e60989
Published Online: March 31, 2017
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 28, 2017
Accepted: March 11, 2017




Background & Objective: The majority of surveys have demonstrated the inadequate success rate of continuing education programs in Iran from the viewpoint of participants. However, no studies have been conducted on the viewpoints of lecturers (influential individuals and beneficiaries in this issue) in this regard. Thus, the present study aimed to investigate the problems of continuing education programs and their solutions from the perspective of lecturers.
Methods: This qualitative study was conducted in 2015 on 15 university faculty members who had previous experience of lecturing continuing education programs. The participants were selected using purposive sampling (n = 15). Data were gathered through focus group discussion. All discussions were recorded on audiotapes, transcribed, and then, analyzed through inductive content analysis.
Results: Data analysis led to the extraction of 3 main themes (problems), 12 categories, 42 subcategories, and 68 suggested solutions. The main themes included the reduction of incentive to participate in programs (4 categories), low effectiveness of implemented programs (5 categories), and the ineffective evaluation of programs (3 categories).
Conclusion: The main motivation for general practitioners to participate in these programs must be the correction of professional practice. It seems that intervention in the implementation and assessment fields are more likely than participants’ motivation. Providing teaching methods workshops for faculty members, improving awareness of the goals and timetable of workshops, holding workshops rather than lectures, evaluating performance instead of satisfaction, and providing feedback on the assessment results are effective factors in the efficiency of programs.


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