Paper Information

Journal:   RESEARCH IN MEDICAL EDUCATION   FALL 2015 , Volume 7 , Number 3; Page(s) 41 To 49.
 
Paper: 

MEDICAL SCIENCES STUDENTS VIEWPOINTS COMPETING IN THE FOURTH OLYMPIAD OF IRANIAN UNIVERSITIES OF MEDICAL SCIENCES - A QUALITATIVE STUDY

 
 
Author(s):  HAZRATI H., ALIZADEH M., VAHEDI L.*
 
* RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT CENTER, TABRIZ UNIVERSITY OF MEDICAL SCIENCES, TABRIZ, IRAN
 
Abstract: 

Introduction: Considering the importance of holding Student Olympiads and the necessity of evaluating the quality of the competition, this study try to analyze the students' opinions about the strengths and weaknesses of their proposals for better organization of medical Students Olympiad tests in University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: This is a qualitative research based on objective and content analysis that has been done in Tabriz in 2012. Required information through questionnaires and semi-structured interviews collected and were analyzed by content. In this study, 224 participants from selected students of the first stage of the Olympiad around the Iran University of Medical Sciences, agreed to fill out a questionnaire with open questions and in the next step after the extraction of the raw code of the questions until data saturation, semi- structured interviews were also conducted.
Results: By analyzing data, three main themes including welfare, state exams, and knowledge level were extracted. Welfare included the dorms, services, equipment needed for students, entertainment, and recreational facilities- sport. The test included giving information, administering exams and announcing of the results. Knowledge level included subject the Olympiad of quality questions design, innovation, and creativity in the Olympiad. Participants suggested for main solutions and 12 suggestions to improve the overall strategy of holding Olympiad.
Conclusion: Based on students' viewpoints, designing questions with high Taxonomy strengthen clinical reasoning skills of students. Now, with low experience in holding students Olympiad in Iran, it is necessary to adopt appropriate policies to increase success in such exams. Also, planning accurately, exams can be effective to promote students spirit.

 
Keyword(s): OLYMPIAD, COMPETITIONS ,ACADEMIC, MEDICAL STUDENTS, QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
 
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