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Bamshad C, Saberi A, nasiri E, Rezaei S, Hashemi Tabalvandani A, Golipour Soleimani Z, et al . Time to Revise the Medical Students’ Educational Curriculum: Focus on New Therapeutic Strategies as Regenerative Medicine in Neurological Disorders. Iran J Neurosurg. 2022; 8 :12-12
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Background and aim: Healthcare students have critical influence on general public regarding to transferring knowledge about novel therapeutic approaches. Therefore, assessment and update their knowledge about application of new strategies in treatment of different diseases is very important.  The present study designed to evaluate the level of the students’ knowledge about stem cells and their application in neurological disorders at Guilan University of Medical Sciences.
Methods: In this cross-sectional study a questionnaire was designed in three sections. Exclusion Criteria were reluctance to participate in project or answer to less than 20% of the questions. Inclusion criteria included being GUMS student and willingness to participate to project and answer to the questionnaire. The questionnaire was distributed in all GUMS faculties including Medicine, paramedicine, nursing and midwifery, dentistry, health, and pharmacy. The data were analyzed by SPSS version 16 through Pearson correlation, independent t-test, one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) and Cronbach’s alpha.
Results: According to total awareness score, 51.2% of students showed very poor and 39.7% showed poor knowledge about stem cells and their application in neurological diseases. Knowledge score of the students at medicine faculty was higher that non-medicals and was dependant on their educational year. In addition, medical students showed no significant difference neither in knowledge (F=1.406, P=0.221) nor in attitude scores (F=0.603, P=0.697). Fortunately, 72.2% of students had moderate and 20.6% had strong attitude towards stem cells’ applications. A moderate correlation between attitude toward stem cells and knowledge about the application of stem cells was observed (r = 0.325, p = 0.000).
Conclusion: It has been shown that GUMS Students’ knowledge level was poor toward knowledge of stem cells and their application in neurological diseases. It is suggested to include some courses about stem cells in the educational curriculum. However, the students’ attitude towards stem cells’ uses were encouraging.
Type of Study: Research | Subject: Neuroscience

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