A brief description of Medical Education Master Program in Shiraz University of Medical Sciences

FARNAZ TAKMIL, MITRA AMINI, PARISA NABEIEI, LEILA BAZRAFKAN, MOHAMMAD REZA DEHGHANI, RITA REZAEE, SHIRIN GHANAVATI, JAVAD KOJURI

Abstract


As Medical sciences become more advanced and
grow each day, so do the challenges of medical
education. To overcome the new obstacles which
are an inseparable part of science evolution, it is
necessary to renew and improve the educational
system .Achieving this, requires individuals who
are educated in the new methods of learning and
therefore can lead others through educational
system development. During the past decade,
these facts have led many medical universities
toward establishing and pursuing new master
and PhD. programs of medical education. As a
Pioneer in the field of medical education and the
first teacher training center in EMRO since 1972,
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (SUMS)
has also contributed to educational system
transformation by establishing master courses in
medical education since 2008, with a goal of not
only updating faculties` educational knowledge
but also training efficient educational experts. In
SUMS, these courses which are also mentioned
in Dr. ARA Tekian’s article in Chicago University
(1), were designed based on reviewing what Some
of the greatest universities in the field of education
such as Dundee, Maastricht and Chicago University
have done. The courses last for five semesters
and are available for all medical and paramedical
faculty members, GPs and paramedical masters.
To enter the program applicants must send their
resume including their degree, previous education,
and published articles. Moreover, they must also
take part in an entrance exam which evaluates
their knowledge of general English language along
with their educational knowledge and computer
skills. These courses are conducted using the
newest methods and references of learning such
as “A practical guide for medical teachers” (2).
The students are also asked to study the most
recent AMME Guidelines which are provided for
them. According to students’ work field, in each
semester, proper homework has been considered to
improve what they’ve been instructed in practice.
After becoming educational experts, these
students can be hired in different sections of
education departments, acting as educational
ambassadors, initiating educational leaders &
curriculums designers which, in turn, can little
by little change the culture and face of education,
hoping that these changes may someday result in
spurring medical educational system.


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