The Participants' Viewpoint Of Continuing Medical Education Courses Of Shahre-Kord Medical University

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R Khadivi 1 , * , M Akhlaghi 2 , M Naseri 3

1 Director of Education Development Center, Shahr-Kord Medical University.

2 Vice-chancellor for education, Shahr-Kord Medical University.

3 General Practitioner.

How to Cite: Khadivi R, Akhlaghi M, Naseri M. The Participants' Viewpoint Of Continuing Medical Education Courses Of Shahre-Kord Medical University, J Med Edu. 2003 ; 3(1):e105014. doi: 10.22037/jme.v3i1.869.

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Journal of Medical Education: 3 (1); e105014
Published Online: March 16, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: March 16, 2009
Accepted: March 16, 2009
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Abstract

Background: Continuing education is one of the most effective methods to empower the employees for challenges they face on their jobs. Dramatic advances in medicine, rapid cultural and social changes, increasing cost of health care, development of diagnostic technology and a transition in the pattern of diseases, highlight the necessity of continuing education in all medical groups.Purpose: To evaluate the effectiveness of continuing medical education (CME) programs in Shahr-Kord Medical Universityfrom 1996-2001.Methods: This cross-sectional study is based on the questionnaires available in Continuing Education Office, which werefilled by the participants in CMEprograms.Results: In the past five years, 44 CMEprograms were conducted in this university (18planned program programs, 13 seminars, 6 conferences, 5 workshops, and 2 symposiums). Symposiums and workshops were the most appreciated programs. Of 3357participants, 1712 (50.9%)filled the questionnaire. Of these participants, 73% believed that CME programs have strengthened their previous knowledge, 64% noted that the contents of theseprograms were consistent with their job needs and 61% believed that CME programs have encouraged professional self-study. Despite theimprovement of Shahr-Kord Medical University ranking among 8 peer universities, the participants' satisfaction had a declining trend.Conclusion: Providing up-to-date scientific and practical information and considering adult learning theory, especially performing need assessment before conducting educational programs, will improve the quality of CMEprograms.

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