Shiraz medical students' perceptions of their colleagues' professional behavior

Askarian, Mehrdad and Ebrahimi Nia, MJ and Sadeghipur, F and Danaei, M and Momeni, M (2015) Shiraz medical students' perceptions of their colleagues' professional behavior. J Adv Med Educ Prof, 3 (3). pp. 111-6.

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INTRODUCTION: Today, development of professionalism is a critical aim of medical schools. Studies have demonstrated that medical students' perceived level of professionalism is inadequate worldwide. This study aimed to investigate the medical students' perceptions of their colleagues' professional behavior. METHODS: This study is a cross-sectional study with 280 medical students at Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in their fifth to seventh year of study as the sample. The study was performed during one month in 2013, using stratified random sampling method. The instrument of the study was the Persian version of the questionnaire of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM).The questionnaire includes demographic information, questions about the meaning of the professionalism, history of medical ethics education programs and 12 behavioral questions. The data were analyzed using student t-test and Pearson correlation test. The significance level was set as 0.05. RESULTS: Forty percent of respondents did not know the meaning of professionalism. The mean±SD score of behavioral questions was 5.91±1.2 on a scale from 0 to 10. The mean±SD score of excellence questions was 4.94±1.7. It was 7.05±1.9 for 'honor/integrity', and 6.07±2.1 for 'altruism/respect' questions. There was a significant association between gender and excellence score (p=0.007). CONCLUSION: Medical students assessed their colleagues' professional behavior as poor. They did not have proper information about professionalism. Medical students are future general practitioners and respecting medical ethics by them is very important in a perfect health system. Universities should emphasize the importance of teaching professionalism to medical students and faculty members, using innovative education methods.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Excellence; Medical students; Professionalism; Respect
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Depositing User: azam bazrafshan bazrafshan
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 05:23
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2015 05:23
URI: http://eprints.kmu.ac.ir/id/eprint/22842

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