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J Educ Health Promot. 2017 Jun 5;6:55. doi: 10.4103/jehp.jehp_103_15. eCollection 2017.

Evaluation of educational program in the Master of Medical Education by Eisner's educational connoisseurship and criticism model.

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Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

To be more successful in medical education and identify the strengths and weaknesses of the curriculum in this field, assessment of the students' views, graduates, professors, and experts is essential. The aim of this qualitative assessment was to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the medical education curriculum.

SUBJECTS AND METHODS:

This research is a qualitative study using the Eisner's educational connoisseurship and criticism model that was conducted in Shiraz Medical Sciences University in 2014. In this research, graduate medical education curriculum was criticized by a team of educational experts. Fifteen professors in the first stage of the focus group meeting addressed the three stages of educational criticism. In the second stage, several interviews were conducted with the above-mentioned people. In the third phase, the implementation of video recordings from the focus group meeting was performed in written form. In the fourth stage, conventional content analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data.

RESULTS:

This curriculum has advantages and disadvantages in the constituent elements of the program. Its weaknesses include lack of written a guide for practical courses, lack of consideration of joint practical exercise to make integrate between lessons, lack of sufficient attention to aspects of practical and functional knowledge in this field, lack of attention to performance evaluation and development, and lack of routine review of the curriculum. On the other hand, the strengths of this study include the suitability of this field for professors and its positive impact on professors and students performance in the classroom.

CONCLUSION:

As medical education is partly an emerging field in Iran and considering the weaknesses, reviewing the curriculum based on the main part of program, the outcomes, curriculum content, teaching strategies, student assessment, and course management are recommended.

KEYWORDS:

Connoisseurship and criticism; Eisner's model; curriculum; medical education

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