National Educational Stratification Of Dental Schools In Iran

AuthorAeen Mohammadi
AuthorR Mojtahedzadeh
AuthorH Hosseini Toodashki
Issued Date2005-06-30
AbstractBackground and purpose: After two decades of expansion  of universities of medical  sciences  and increasing  the number  of medical  sciences  students  as one of the most attainable  solutions  for the problem of substandard status of Iranian community health, recently, quality-based policies in medical education have taken priority over most of the national health plans. The pupose of this study was to determine differences of Iranian dental schools in the field of education by stratifying their educational services.Methods: To measure the educational performance that could be utilized to rate the schools nationwide, a benchmarking tool, consisting of about 60 indicators, was devised. Each school was asked to introduce a representative who would complete a questionnaire, which was designed to collect schools' information. In the next step, all the divisions were visited by one of the project :S  members and the school's representative  to revise and approve the data. Then, data retrieval was performed and verified at the project's office. Finally, special computer software was exploited to perform the final analysis.Results: There were 18 public and private dental schools nationwide, which were stratified based on their individual scores. Furthermore, all schools were also ranked in each indicator.Conclusion: This study as one of the phases of Strategy Compilation for Educational Missions of the National System of Medical Education, defines the educational strengths and weaknesses  of Iranian dental schools that could be used as a measure for authorities to determine the developmental limits and current  stance of these schools; and optimize their budget and facilities.
KeywordNational Education
KeywordDental Schools
TitleNational Educational Stratification Of Dental Schools In Iran
TypeResearch Article