Document Type : Original Article


1 Ministry of Road and Urban Development Road, Housing and Urban Development Research Center, Roads and Urban Development Office of Isfahan Province, Isfahan, Iran

2 Department of Internal Medicine, Endocrine and Metabolism Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

3 Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


BACKGROUND: During the past decade, the benefits of using portfolios, especially electronic
portfolios, were recognized. Due to the lack of using portfolios and especially electronic portfolio
in the clinical evaluations of internship training in medical schools of Iran, this study has designed,
implemented, and evaluated a comprehensive system for monitoring and evaluating the activities
of interns.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a software development study in the three phases
of design, implementation, and evaluation. All stages of the project were carried out in the Isfahan
University of Medical Sciences during 2019–2020. The software design phase was performed using
the Rapid Application Development Methodology (RAD model). In the implementation phase, it
was used as a pilot study in the internal department of the medical school. System evaluation was
performed using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods. Data were analyzed using
the content analysis for qualitative data and descriptive statistical analysis using the SPSS software
for quantitative data.
RESULTS: In the educational standards survey, in 10 items, the percentage of choosing “perfectly
fit” and “fit” was above 90% (high quality). In the technical standards questionnaire, out of 35 items
related to software technical quality, eight items were of acceptable quality and 27 of them were
partially acceptable. In the Student Satisfaction Questionnaire, in 9 items, interns’ satisfaction with the
system was high or very high, and in either case, there was little or no dissatisfaction or satisfaction.
CONCLUSIONS: Positive educational effects can be used in all clinical settings if modification and
improvement of the software continues, with slight modifications.


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