Res Dev Med Educ. 2019;8(1): 48-57.
doi: 10.15171/rdme.2019.009
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Designing a non-clinical model of professionalism in education for faculty members of a medical sciences university in Iran: A grounded theory study

Monireh Sabouri 1 ORCID logo, Behnam Talebi 1 * , Zarrin Daneshvar Harris 1, Mahasti Alizadeh 2 ORCID logo

1 Department of Educational Science, Tabriz Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tabriz, Iran
2 Social Determinants of Health Research Center, Health Management and Safety Promotion Research Institute, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran


Background: Today, professionalism is considered a competitive advantage and its observance at a university is the guarantee of the teaching -learning process in education. The purpose of this study was to design an educational model of professionalism for faculty members at the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences.

Methods: This grounded theory study was conducted using a qualitative approach in 2018. The participants of this study were 16 faculty members of the Tabriz University of Medical Sciences. Sampling was purposeful and continued until data saturation. Data was collected by semistructured interviews. Two methods of reviewing participants and reviewing non-participant experts were used in the data validation. Interview data were analyzed by Strauss and Corbin method.

Results: The central core theme of the present study is that ethics in non-clinical education can be categorized in four components: personal characteristics, social interactions, teaching skills, and professional characteristics. Based on casual, contextual and interaction conditions, some strategies were developed and the final model is based on this information.

Conclusion: Considering the positive implications of professionalism, increasing productivity in the university, the educational system dynamism, promoting professionalism and developing strategic plans, authorities must focus more on academic and social infrastructure to achieve educational quality and social trust.

Keywords: Educational ethics, Professionalism, Medical education
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Submitted: 02 Jun 2019
Accepted: 26 Jun 2019
ePublished: 30 Jun 2019
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