Vol - 25, Issue - 3
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International Medical Journal
Journal ID : IMJ-28-02-2020-302
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Abstract : One of the most important challenges for the general and specialized fields of public health is the gap between theory and practice; in fact, teaching should be such that skills go along with experiences in which case experiences can be resistant in the future environment. However, unfortunately practical skills are not provided as well as they should be, and students do not experience their duties in a good and practical way. With this in mind, the present study aims to improve the process of internship training for the college students of public health preparing them for entering to the work environment. In this study, which is a research in education (scholarship), action research method was used to review the internship trend and its problems, including the definition of the problem, designing, planning, analyzing the data, and implementation and evaluation. More particularly, depth interview was used to define the problem. At the implementation stage, to solve the problem, the researcher employed medical education strategies and models such as SPIECES, reflection peer education, entrepreneurship, preceptorship and need assessment. The poll questionnaire was also used for evaluating the students and health providers in the study. The present study was conducted with 34 students entering the university in the 2 years of 2013 and 2014, including 30 females and 4 males with a mean age of 2 ± 22 in four semesters. In general, the majority of 34 students in both entrances was satisfied with the revised internship program. They believed that the new program was truly effective in developing their skills. The findings of the study not only show no significant difference in both entrances but also they indicate the students' overall satisfaction with training in both entrances (P=0.339) and the evaluation of the development of skills for entering the work market (P= 0.171) and their attitude toward this internship, which is better than their previous internship (P=0.214). In conclusion, applying the principles used in this study to regulate the internship of public health is suggested

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