Department of Medical Education was officially established in the School of Medicine in 2009 by admitting five graduate students in the field of Medical Education, endeavoring to promote the culture of education and training. In 2010, six students were accepted in person, and the only educational department that had official permit to provide virtual training in 2011 was the School of Medicine. After two steps of evaluation (written and interview), 15 students were selected for virtual education in the School of Medicine. In 2015, virtual students of this department in the field of Medical Education increased to 52 individuals, more than 60% of whom were faculty members of the university.
In 2015, department of Medical Education was able to obtain the final approval of the Council of Development and Planning Ministry for providing the curriculum of “Educational Technology in Medical Sciences” for graduate students for the first time. In October 2016, seven students were selected for this field. Currently, this educational department has 13 students in the field of “on-site Medical Education” and 50 students in the field of “Community-oriented Education in Healthcare System”, attending the classes of this department virtually. There are about 50 students in the distance course of this department, being trained in three on-site educational blocks.
The department of Medical Education has one education expert and one research expert, aiming to establish a research center for “Evidence-Based Education” to advance further education and research purposes of the university.
Faculty members of this department are four full-time and three part-time individuals, among whom one is a professor, two are associate professors, one is an assistant professor and three are instructors.
Establishing the field of Technology of Education in Medical Sciences, this department initiated a laboratory to pass the scientific credits of the mentioned course. In this laboratory, the latest equipment and facilities are used, and there is a special simulation room for virtual audio recording and content production.
Research priorities of this department include: foresight in medical education, social responsiveness, research in education, communication skills, interdisciplinary education and its consequences, professionalism, evidence-based education and its consequences, interdisciplinary education, community-based medical education, educational design and management of crude academic behavior.