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Developing learning outcomes for an ideal MSc course in sports and exercise medicine
  1. R Kordi1,
  2. R G Dennick2,
  3. B E Scammell3
  1. 1Sports Medicine Centre, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
  2. 2Medical Education Unit, Medical School, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  3. 3Division of Orthopaedic & Accident Surgery, Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Kordi
 Division of Orthopaedic & Accident Surgery, C Floor, West Block, University Hospital Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2UH, UK;


Objective: To develop learning outcomes for an ideal MSc in sports and exercise medicine.

Methods: Twenty nine learning outcomes were developed based on the learning outcomes, aims, and objectives of current sports medicine courses, occupational standards, and other related data. Using a Likert scale, the opinion of MSc/Dip course directors in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa as well as teachers, graduates, and students of the MSc/Dip course at the University of Nottingham were surveyed. An email questionnaire listing the 29 learning outcomes was sent to the subjects. A mixed reminder via email or mail was used. The results were treated as ordinal data, and reliability and internal consistency of the questionnaire was tested using Cronbach’s coefficient α.

Results: Response rates were high (75% course directors, 79%, 54%, and 78% University of Nottingham teachers, graduates, and students respectively). The questionnaire was highly reliable (α>0.8).The total scores of all but one of the responders were above the midpoint (>87, possible range 29–145). Most course directors (>80%) agreed or strongly agreed with each of the learning outcomes, except two. Most of the other subjects also agreed or strongly agreed with the learning outcomes, with few exceptions.

Conclusion: The results suggest that there is a consensus among subjects that the final listed learning outcomes should be included in an ideal MSc in sports and exercise medicine.

  • education
  • learning outcome
  • MSc in sports medicine
  • diploma in sports medicine
  • email survey

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