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Trends in postgraduate medical education in Iran

  • Shima Tabatabai1 and
  • Seyed Amir Mohsen Ziaee2
BMC Health Services Research201414(Suppl 2):P124

https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-S2-P124

Published: 7 July 2014

Background

Iran is designing an evidence-based plan for promoting postgraduate medical education and efficient distribution of health professional human resources. An important part of this program is foresight studies for post graduate medical education considering the important trends affecting the future of health status and postgraduate medical education in Iran. In this article, we clarify such trends in Iran.

Methods

For this study, we used a systematic review of current evidence about the mega trends affecting the future of medical education. Also we gathered opinions of key stakeholders in expert panels.

Results

Following trends identified as affecting the health system and post graduate medical education in Iran: demographic changes; epidemiologic transition; physician work patterns changes, female specialists number growth, changes in patients’ expectations of health services; growth in information and communication technologies; new advances in diagnostic and therapeutic technologies.

Conclusions

The present study found that trends affecting postgraduate medical education in Iran. In the near future, medical education in Iran will need to undergo major changes. When planning for these changes, decision-makers should consider the various trends that affect education.

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
School of Medical Education, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences
(2)
Shahid Labbafinejad Medical Center, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences

Copyright

© Tabatabai and Ziaee; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2014

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

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