Document Type : Original Article


1 Department of Pedodontics, Faculty of Dentistry, Ege University

2 Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey

3 Professor, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran

4 Department of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration, School of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

5 PhD Candidate, Health Management and Economics Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran, Faculty Member, School of Paramedical Science, Alborz University of Medical Science, Karaj, Iran

6 Department of Health in Emergency and Disaster, School of Public Health, Shahid Sadoughi University of Medical Sciences, Yazd, Iran

7 Medical Education Department, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan

8 Medical Education Department, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahann

9 Associate Professor, Medical Education Department, Medical Education Research Center, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran


OBJECTIVES: This study discussed about challenges and opportunities of institutional accreditation
in Iranian medical universities. The lesson learned of the first round of the accreditation would direct
initiatives and solutions for future accreditation.
METHODOLOGY: This research is a qualitative content analysis research that studied the experience
of the survey visit teams. Semistructured interviews with a purposive sampling approach were done
to reach data saturation. Constant comparative method was used to analyze the data.
RESULTS: The emergent themes were incompatible scheduling with accreditation workload,
accreditation sustainability, the weakness of the survey instrument, advantage of the survey
instrument, the quality of evaluators’ survey, the opportunity of progress for universities, accreditation
perspective, defendable cost opportunity, perceived injustice, and the leading strategies. In this study,
the relationship between categories and themes was shown with a systematic approach.
CONCLUSION: In medical education systems, it is necessary to continue the research and
development studies using the findings in each accreditation period to achieve the prospect of
international accreditation.


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