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An opinion poll of the faculty members of Tehran University of Medical Sciences about the problems of the university and faculties, November and December 97

Author(s): Zafarghandy M | Fotoohy A | Rezaei A | Sadeghniat Kh | Mehrdad R

Journal: Tehran University Medical Journal
ISSN 1683-1764

Volume: 56;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 87;
Date: 1998;
Original page

Keywords: Opinion poll | Faculty members

The poll was designed to let the management system of the university know about the opinions, criticisms and suggestions of the faculty members and create a sense of cooperation and promote the level of relationships. In November and December 1997, short after the new Chancellor of the University was selected, the poll was conducted by the new board to reach the above goals. In this survey, all the faculty members of the University were questioned about the problems they faced in the University. A questionnaire of 23 questions in two pages was given to them and was returned by mail. About 47.5% of the questionnaire were returned. Analysis of the results showed that a significant majority (93%) of the respondents believed that Tehran University should be the best University of Medical Sciences in Iran, and that it dose have the capability to be so, however, a majority (66%) of them claimed that it is not so at the present. A significant majority of the respondents believed that education and research are the two most important duties of the University, and the health, treatment, and cultural duties rank next. Except for the Medicine and Health Faculties others were not satisfied with their status at the University. The satisfaction of the faculty members with educational and research performance of the faculties was questioned; the results varied in different faculties. Dissatisfaction with research status was most obvious. Forty-six and 25 percent of the staff in the faculty of medicine were satisfied with educational and research performance of their faculty, respectively. The teaching staff were also questioned about their problems; the most important of which was shown to be that of convenience. More than 90% of respondents stated that opinion poll is an appropriate way to relate the management of the University to the faculty members and emphasized on holding periodic sessions with the Chancellor of the University and personal visits to him.
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