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vakili A, Teimouri M, Ghorbani R. Reasons of absence from clinical foundation classes from the viewpoints of medical students of Semnan University of Medical Sciences. jmed. 2013; 8 (1) :65-73
URL: http://jmed.ssu.ac.ir/article-1-144-en.html
Department and Research Center of Physiology, School of Medicine, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran , ab.vakili@yahoo.com
Abstract:   (21087 Views)

Introduction : Absence of students from classes can reduce the quality of education and increase the failure rate. The present study aims to assess the reasons of absence from classes in basic sciences from the viewpoints of medical students of Semnan University of Medical Sciences in 2011.

Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed using a questionnaire with the participation of medical students who undertook basic sciences' course and BSc. students who studied in year two of the course. A questionnaire containing demographic data and factors influencing on students' absence including teacher, student, educational processing and physical conditions of classrooms was designed. Students completed the questionnaire before starting of lectures in classrooms.

Results: The results showed that 39% of students were absent two hours and 22.4% were absent for four hours per course credit and 38.6% said they were not aim to be absent except in emergency situation. at all.

  Inappropriate teaching was identified as the main reason for absence (3.53 / 4±1.1) followed by inadequate sleep the night before the class (3.45 / 4±1.33) lack of scholarship in teaching (3.43 / 4±1.21) and lack of self-interest to the field (1.76 / 4±1.13).

Conclusion: Education planners should consider factors influencing on absence of students. In faculty recruitment, academic proficiency and scholarship of teaching should also be considered. Moreover, emotional status of students should be noticed.


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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Medical Education
Received: 2012/09/30 | Accepted: 2013/01/23

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