Investigation Necessary Competencies for Life Long Learning in Medical Students
IntroductionLifelong learning is a process in which individuals develop their knowledge, skills, and interest through learning opportunities in their life. This paper aimed to determine the required competencies for training medical students to acquire lifelong learning.
MethodsIn this qualitative study, purposeful sampling method and open-ended semi-structured interview were employed for data gathering. A population of 21 experts and teachers were interviewed. Data was analyzed using content analysis based on Krippendorff's approach. Member check and external observer methods were used for data credibility and authentication.
ResultsBased on the results of the study, 5 themes were emerged: “Knowledge and attitude towards dynamicity of science and medical sciences”, “Self directed learning”, “Evidence based medicine skill”, “Communication skills”, “Integrative and inter-professional learning skills”.
ConclusionWith regard to the functionality and necessity of life-long learning in medical profession, curriculum developers could enjoy the outcome of the study to review the curriculum and equip their students with essential qualifications and finally train lifelong learners in medicine.
Iranian Journal of Medical Education, Volume:11 Issue:8, 2012
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