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From Internal Evaluation To Quality Assurance In Higher Education: The Case Of Medical Education In Iran


avatar Abbas Bazargan 1 , *

1 University of Tehran.

How to Cite: Bazargan A. From Internal Evaluation To Quality Assurance In Higher Education: The Case Of Medical Education In Iran. J Med Edu. 2001;1(1):e104932.
doi: 10.22037/jme.v1i1.973.


Journal of Medical Education: 1 (1); e104932
Published Online: May 12, 2014
Article Type: Research Article
Received: April 19, 2009
Accepted: May 12, 2014


This article elaborates on the experience of higher medical education evaluation in Iran. Although institutional evaluation in Iran started in about a decade ago, recent policies of the government to increase quality of higher medical education have contributed to a special effort in designing and implementing evaluation mechanisms in university systems in Iran. Among these a process of internal evaluation (IE) was designed for the medical education in 1996. It was implemented as a pilot project  at   six   departments   in  three   medical sciences universities in 1997. The IE aimed at i) improving teaching and learning processes; ii) contribute  to  development  planning  of departments. The results of the pilot project was so promising that it was decided to implement the IE  process  in  more  than  30  departments  of, internal medicine around the country. Through the IE mechanism, quality of the inputs, teaching­ learning operations in practice, outputs and outcomes of the internal medicine departments were reviewed and judged against department's stated objectives. The process of the IE is based on: a) strong involvement of faculty members for the clarification of objectives and b) attempt to review the available resources of the department and prepare a departmental plan for improving the quality.Key words:  medical; education; Iran; internal evaluation; quality assurance.


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