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F1000Res. 2018 Mar 9;7:301. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.13938.1. eCollection 2018.

The performance of select universities of medical sciences based on the components affecting medical education.

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1
Department of Anesthesiology, School of Medicine, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran.
2
Department of Public Health, School of Health, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran.
3
Department of Management Development and Resources, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran.

Abstract

Background: Every educational institution requires an evaluation system in order to find out about the quality and desirability of its activities, especially if it is a complex and dynamic environment. The present study was conducted to evaluate the educational performance of schools affiliated to Alborz University of Medical Sciences to help improve their performance. Methods: This descriptive analytical study was conducted in six schools affiliated to Alborz University of Medical Sciences in April 2016-October 2016 and October 2016-April 2017. The evaluation was carried out in two stages: self-assessment by service executives across schools, and external assessment in person by the university's expert staff. The study tools included the components, criteria and desirable standards of educational performance in ten categories. Data were analyzed in SPSS. Results: The results obtained showed that, in April-October 2016, the highest performance evaluation scores pertained to the "secure testing" and "rules and regulations" components and the lowest to the "packages for reform and innovation in education" and "the school action plan" components. In October 2016-April 2017, the highest scores pertained to "workforce empowerment" and "secure testing" and the lowest to "faculty affairs" and "electronic education management system". Conclusions: Offering a balanced portrayal of the actual performance of schools using the right performance indicators in two consecutive periods can help further motivate the superior schools and encourage the weaker schools to strive harder. Competition among schools to get a higher score in the components affecting medical education helps mobilize them to move toward reform and improvement.

KEYWORDS:

Alborz University of Medical Sciences; Medical Sciences Education; Performance Evaluation; School

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