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Effectiveness of Residents as Teachers, Researchers and Role Models: A Unique Program at SUMS


avatar Leila Bazrafkan 1 , avatar Sedigheh Paknejad 1 , avatar Mohdad Ali Ghayoomi 1 , avatar Javad Kojuri 1 , avatar Jamshid Roozbeh 1 , avatar Ali Mahbodi 1 , avatar Mitra Amini 1 , avatar Mahboobeh Saber 1 , avatar Mohammad Reza Dehghani 1 , *

1 Education Development and Research Center, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran

How to Cite: Bazrafkan L, Paknejad S, Ghayoomi M A, Kojuri J, Roozbeh J, et al. Effectiveness of Residents as Teachers, Researchers and Role Models: A Unique Program at SUMS. J Med Edu. 2015;14(2):e105425.
doi: 10.22037/jme.v14i2.9241.


Journal of Medical Education: 14 (2); e105425
Published Online: July 26, 2015
Article Type: Research Article
Received: June 21, 2015
Accepted: July 14, 2015


Background and purpose: Residents across the world spend several hours every week teaching medical students and junior residents. Workshops developed with the aim of improving resident teaching skills are becoming increasingly common in the various fields of medicine. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of a resident-as-teacher educational intervention on the resident’s knowledge of medical education.Methods: The study was performed in SUMS, Iran, in 2010-2011 on all the junior residents from the different fields, including 104 men and 66 women. For data collection, a questionnaire (pre-test, post-test) was used with 40 questions on medical education. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, tables and t test employing the SPSS software.Results: In total, 120 participants completed the questionnaires. According to the pre-test and post-test results, residents received extremely low scores in different subjects before the course implementation, whereas after it was implemented their scores had significantly increased fairly well. The comparison between the participants, average scores before and after the program indicates that the "resident-as-a-teacher, researcher and role model" course has been meaningful and significantly effective in improving their knowledge in this area.Conclusions: A few residency programs had instituted the resident teacher training curricula. A resident teacher training workshop was perceived as beneficial by the residents, and they reported improvement in their teaching skills.


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