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Iranian Journal of Medical Education 2009, 8(2): 255-262 Back to browse issues page
Determining the Topics and Content of CME Programs in Five Selected Subjects: Comparing the View Points of Experts and Target Group a Tehran University of Medical Sciences Experience
AliAkbar Zeynalou, Mandana Shirazi , Farshid Alaeddini, Hassan Tofighi, Abdolkarim Pajoumand, Hassan Seyrafi, Shahin Akhoundzadeh, Mohammad Taghi Talebian, Fakhreddin Taghaddosinejad, Alireza Ahmadi
, mshirazi@sina.tums.ac.ir
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Introduction: One of the most appropriate methods for needs assessment is to assess learners' needs and arrange the educational programs based on their viewpoints. The aim of this study was to determine the topics and content of Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs in five selected subjects by medical education experts and target group, based on the real needs of General Practitioners (GPs) in order to revise CME national programs. Methods: In this cross-sectional applied study, 700 GPs covered by Medical Sciences Universities in Tehran province were studied. A questionnaire consisting of two parts of demographic features and 80 scientific questions regarding their knowledge in five domains of clinical pharmacology, skin diseases, toxicology, emergencies, and forensic medicine was used. The questionnaires were delivered to physicians' offices by trained personnel using a list or by direct referral to offices and then gathered. Three topics in each subject and 15 standard educational contents in total were developed for the target group. Results: There was almost a complete relationship between the opinion of experts and target group in forensic medicine. Some of the first five priorities of the two groups overlapped in skin diseases, forensic medicine, and emergencies. No common viewpoints were observed between experts and target group in pharmacology. In toxicology, there was no common viewpoint in the first three selections of the two groups. Conclusion: Real educational needs of GPs in receiving new information in order to promote their competencies and knowledge were different from those considered by experts. It is recommended to design the educational content for the target groups in the health care field based on their real deficiencies in knowledge and practice and by assessing their views and knowledge.
Keywords: CME programs, Educational needs, General Practitioners, Medical education, Content selection, Expert, Target group.
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Type of Study: Original research article | Subject: Teacher Evaluation
Received: 2011/09/13 | Published: 2009/03/15
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Zeynalou A, Shirazi M, Alaeddini F, Tofighi H, Pajoumand A, Seyrafi H, et al . Determining the Topics and Content of CME Programs in Five Selected Subjects: Comparing the View Points of Experts and Target Group a Tehran University of Medical Sciences Experience. Iranian Journal of Medical Education. 2009; 8 (2) :255-262
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