Institutional accreditation in medical education: The experience of the survey visit teams
Mohammad H Yarmohammadian1, Elahe Khorsani2, Roohangiz Norouzinia3, Samaneh Mirzaei4, Soheila Ehsanpour5, Nikoo Yamani5, Fatemeh Rezaei6
1 Professor, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
2 Department of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration, School of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3 PhD Candidate, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan; Faculty Member, School of Paramedical Science, Alborz University of Medical Science, Karaj, Iran
4 Department of Health in Emergency and Disaster, School of Public Health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran
5 Medical Education Department, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
6 Associate Professor, Medical Education Department, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran
Dr. Fatemeh Rezaei
Department of Health in Emergencies and Disasters, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
OBJECTIVES: This study discussed about challenges and opportunities of institutional accreditation in Iranian medical universities. The lesson learned of the first round of the accreditation would direct initiatives and solutions for future accreditation.
METHODOLOGY: This research is a qualitative content analysis research that studied the experience of the survey visit teams. Semistructured interviews with a purposive sampling approach were done to reach data saturation. Constant comparative method was used to analyze the data.
RESULTS: The emergent themes were incompatible scheduling with accreditation workload, accreditation sustainability, the weakness of the survey instrument, advantage of the survey instrument, the quality of evaluators' survey, the opportunity of progress for universities, accreditation perspective, defendable cost opportunity, perceived injustice, and the leading strategies. In this study, the relationship between categories and themes was shown with a systematic approach.
CONCLUSION: In medical education systems, it is necessary to continue the research and development studies using the findings in each accreditation period to achieve the prospect of international accreditation.