Attitude of clinical faculty members in Shiraz Medical University towards private practice physicians' participation in ambulatory care education

Khatereh Mahori, Ali Sadeghi HassanAbadi, Abdollah Karimi, Seyyed Hamidreza Tabatabai



Background:  Improvement of medical education is necessmy for meeting health care demands. Participation of private practice physicians in ambulatory care training is an effective method for enhancing medical students' skills. Purpose This study was undertaken to detennine clinical professors' views about participation of physicians with private office in ambulatory care training.

Methods: Participants composed of 162 Shiraz Medical University faculty members from 12 disciplines. A questionnaire requesting faculty members' views on different aspects of ambulat01y care teaching and interaction of community-based organizations was distributed.

Results:   Of 120 (74.1%) respondents, 64 (54.2%) believed that clinical settings of medical university are appropriate for ambulatory care training. Private practice physicians believed more than academic physicians without private office that private offices have wider range of patients, more common cases, and better follow up chance; and is also a better setting for learning ambulatory care compared with medical university  clinical centers. Overall, 32 (29.1%) respondent’s fozmd the participation of physicians with private practice on medical education positive.

Key words:  medical education, ambulatory medicine, private practice


medical education, ambulatory medicine, private practice

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