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Mohebbi Amin S, Rabiei M, Keizoori A H. A review of students’ evaluation of the medical ethics curriculum. IJMEHM 2015; 8 (3) :77-86
URL: http://ijme.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5560-en.html
1- Department of Educational Sciences, University of Hakim Sabzevari, Sabzevar, Touhidshahr, Iran , aminehmohebi@gmail.com
2- University of Mazandaran, Sari, Iran
3- Department of Educational Sciences, University of Hakim Sabzevari, Sabzevar, Touhidshahr, Iran
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In recent years, the general consensus is that medical education should comprise ethics courses focusing on clinical decision-making skills and professional ethics in order to institutionalize a set of values in physicians. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the internal and external qualities of the medical ethics curriculum from the perspective of students.This was a survey research on a study population of 157 medical students who were taking the medical ethics course. A sample of 113 students were selected by simple random sampling, and data collection tool consisted of two researcher-made questionnaires. In this research, the internal quality of the curriculum was evaluated according to the following 9 elements as proposed by Francis Klein: objectives, content, learning activities, learning strategies, instructional material, resources, grouping, time, location, and evaluation. The external quality of the curriculum was assessed based on Kirkpatrick’s model with attention to students' views on achievement of course objectives in terms of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Data analysis was performed using descriptive statistics (mean and standard deviation) and inferential statistics (one-sample t-test). Based on the findings, the students viewed the internal quality of the medical ethics curriculum as undesirable in terms of the above-mentioned nine elements. Students also believed that the external quality of the ethics curriculum was at an average level in the knowledge and attitudes components, and undesirable in the skills component. Overall, our findings indicate that from the perspective of students, the quality of the medical ethics curriculum is low and the course needs to be reviewed and redesigned.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Medical Ethics
Received: 2015/06/27 | Accepted: 2015/09/2 | Published: 2015/09/9

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