Paper Information

Journal:   HAKIM RESEARCH JOURNAL   FALL 2007 , Volume 10 , Number 3; Page(s) 36 To 42.
 
Paper: 

EDUCATIONAL RANKING OF MEDICAL SCHOOLS OF IRAN: A STRATEGY FOR IDENTIFICATION OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES

 
 
Author(s):  MOJTAHEDZADEH R., MOHAMMADI AEIN*, KARIMI ABD ELAH
 
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Abstract: 

Introduction: Comparison of the status of universities with each other is a tool for assessment of the current situation in every part of the educational system and can be used as a planning model in universities. The aim of this study was to design the measurement criteria and to compare the structure, efficiency, and performance of medical schools in Iran, to determine the differences in their educational services, and to identify their relative strengths and weaknesses. Provision of educational services in this study is referred to as all the factors influencing the education of students from enrollment to graduation.
Methods: A collection composed of 63 criteria and indicators was designed and categorized in form of a tree diagram. Weights of these indicators were then determined with consensual methods. A representative was introduced by each school for filling the data collection questionnaire. The collected information was complemented and verified through visits to the schools. Afterwards, the score of each school was calculated under each criterion. For final analysis, a computer software package specifically designed for this purpose was used.
Results: Tehran Medical School ranked first, with a score of 67.84 out of 100; Shahid Beheshti Medical School was the second with a score of 65.62 out of 100; and Shiraz Medical School gained the third rank with a score of 58.24 out of 100.
Conclusion: This study identified the strengths and weaknesses of educational service provision in medical schools of Iran and was disposed to program planners and authorities as a practical model for qualitative and quantitative improvement.

 
Keyword(s): EDUCATION, RANKINGS, STRATIFICATION, MEDICAL SCHOOL
 
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