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Clinical Education Environment Experiences of Operating Room Students


avatar Tahere Khazayi 1 , avatar Mohammadreza Hajiabadi 1 , * , avatar Tayebe Khazayi 2

1 Operating Room and Anesthesia Department, Paramedical School, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran

2 School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birjand University of Medical Sciences, Birjand, Iran

How to Cite: Khazayi T, Hajiabadi M, Khazayi T. Clinical Education Environment Experiences of Operating Room Students. J Med Edu. 2015;14(4):e105473.
doi: 10.22037/jme.v14i4.10395.


Journal of Medical Education: 14 (4); e105473
Published Online: January 02, 2016
Article Type: Research Article
Received: October 29, 2015
Accepted: November 21, 2015


Background and purpose: The objective of medical education is to train competent and qualified workforce in order to provide services in various health environments. One of the important objectives of Operating Room students is to train workforce who can involve in patient’s health and recovery. Training these students should cause clinical ability and independent decision making during surgery. Since students during internship face with many problems, this study has been conducted to explore and describe the challenges and experiences.Methods: This qualitative study is a phenomenology that was conducted based on 20 students in the last semester of Operating Room associate’s degree with purposive sampling. Deep and semi-structured interviews were used to collect data and data were analyzed by content analysis method.Results: The findings in 5 main themes: (1) Physical space and equipment in the operating room, (2) The student’s position in operating room, (3) Integrating knowledge and action, (4) Managing education environment and 5- Student’s viewpoint about operating room and working in it.Conclusions: Interviews with students revealed the educational environment challenges with which they are faced during their study. Teachers can provide solutions to overcome the challenges and create a positive atmosphere for students' learning using results of this study and students may continue their interest in education and improve the quality of their education.


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