Document Type: Original Article

Authors

1 Department of Complementary and Chinese Medicine, School of Persian and Complementary Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

2 Department of Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

3 Clinical Research and Development Center, Deputy of Treatment, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

4 Department of Medical Biotechnology, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

5 Clinical Research and Development Center, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

6 Department of Educational Management, School of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran

Abstract

Introduction: Based on the needs of the health system, continuous revising and monitoring are essential for General Practice (GP) Curriculum. The present study was conducted to investigate the
diseases of GP Curriculum based on the students’ and professors’ viewpoints.
Methods: This cross-sectional study was carried out at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in 2018. A total of 80 GP students of internship and 71 professors of the faculty of medicine in clinical and basic science disciplines were enrolled in the study using quota and convenience sampling methods, respectively. Two self-made, reliable, and validated 4-point scale questionnaires
(ranging from totally agree to totally disagree) were used to collect the data on the viewpoints of students and professors on the diseases of GP curriculum. The mean score and percentage of
agreement between professors and students on the incidence of each disease were calculated.
Results: The highest and lowest rates of agreement between the professors and students in terms of the presence of curriculum diseases belonged to the echolalia curriculum with a mean and standard deviation of 1.92±0.68 and the dean denial with a mean and standard deviation of 2.0±6.68, respectively. The results showed a statistically significant difference between the viewpoints of professors and students regarding the diseases of the carcinoma of the curriculum (p <0.001), idiopathic colitis (p <0.001), the schizophrenia of the curriculum (P=0.01), and echolalia curriculum (P=0.01).
Conclusion: The present study showed that professors and students were all in agreement about 12 out of 13 diseases of the GP curriculum. Thus, educational planners in Iran’s medical schools should focus on the continuous evaluation and the necessity of curriculum revision, as one of the priorities of the educational system.

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