• Vol. 37 No. 12, 1012–1018
  • 15 December 2008

A Survey of Medical Students’ Perceptions of the Quality of their Medical Education upon Graduation

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ABSTRACT

Introduction: To evaluate the perceptions of the graduates of our medical school regarding the quality of their educational programme.

Materials and Methods: A total of 183 questionnaires, each containing 262 questions, were completed anonymously by medical students upon their graduation from the medical school.

Results: About 77% of the respondents felt that Basic Science courses lacked clinical relevance. Many of the students (61.2%) believed that physiology, amongst other Basic Science courses, was the most clinically relevant course. Assessment of the students about their clinical clerkship and internship rotations was not very favourable. Overall only 28.4% of the respondents were generally satisfied with the medical training they received. Respondents indicated many deficiencies in the curriculum, and in their competences. Exposure to numerous activities was rated by respondents as being inadequate: “geriatrics and gerontology education” (87.5%), “office management” (86.4%), “alternative medicine” (85.8%), “healthcare quality improvement” (85.7%), and “rehabilitation” (83%). Around 70% of the respondents reported that they have not been taught sufficient clinical skills in preparations for their future clinical practice. Only 33.3% of the respondents felt that they had acquired adequate knowledge and skills to start residency training.

Conclusions: This study illuminates many aspects of the curriculum the faculty needs to address in order to prepare physicians effectively and efficiently for clinical work. It can be used as a tool to find the trends in our curriculum and the impact of curriculum revision activities which are currently underway in our School of Medicine.


Founded in 1934, Tehran University of Medical Sciences School of Medicine (TUMS-SoM) is the oldest modern medical school in Iran. It has the most number of academic staff and research productivity in the country, as well as the highest number of both undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolment per year.

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