School of Medical Education, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Introduction: Considering the pervasiveness of social accountablemedical education concept around the world and the growingtrend of literature in this regard as well as various interpretationsmade about this concept, we found it necessary to analyze theconcept of social accountable medical education.Methods: In this study, the modified version of McKenna’s approachto concept analysis was used to determine the concept, explainstructures and substructures and determine the border conceptsneighboring and against social accountability in medical education.Results: By studying the selected sources, the components ofthe concept were obtained to identify it and express an analyticdefinition of social accountability in medical education system.Then, a model case with all attributes of the given concept and thecontrary and related concepts were mentioned to determine theboundary between the main concept and auxiliary ones.Conclusion: According to the results of this study in the fieldof social accountability, the detailed and transparent analyticaldefinition of social accountable medical education can be used infuture studies as well as the function and evaluation of medicaleducation system.Keywords: Social accountability; Social responsibility; Social obligation; Medical education