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Anales de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas (Asunción)

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KANG, Hee Jung et al. Quality of training in the postgraduate specialization in clinical pediatrics of the FCM-UNA: a study of perceptions of its current students and graduates. An. Fac. Cienc. Méd. (Asunción) [online]. 2022, vol.55, n.2, pp.47-58. ISSN 1816-8949.


The quality accreditation processes of medical training programs are important in terms of the boost they can give to the training of better professionals. Recognition of the educational quality of a certain program or career by authorized bodies, such as the National Agency for the Evaluation and Accreditation of Higher Education (ANEAES) is a guarantee of compliance with the minimum established quality criteria. However, the quality of a postgraduate course is not only assessed by compliance with the minimum quality criteria established by the bodies in charge, but by other criteria such as the perception of current and graduate students about the quality of the training offered by the same.


The general objective is to study the quality of training in the Postgraduate Specialization in Clinical Pediatrics of the FCM-UNA, based on the perceptions of its current and graduate students.

Materials and methods:

The methodology is part of the qualitative tradition of social research and its instrumentation includes semi-structured interviews applied to current students (residents) and graduates of the program, as well as the development, implementation and analysis of matrices, with the discussion of the results corresponding to each of them.


The results obtained show that most of the students, current and graduates, of the Postgraduate Specialization in Clinical Pediatrics of the FCM UNA, perceive that the training is of good to medium quality. Factors that positively affect the perception of the quality of training are: the scope of development of the program, the study plan, academic activities, quality of the composition and performance of the teaching staff, as well as interpersonal relationships, both with teachers and with their peers; with some specific exceptions. The inclusion in the curriculum of aspects related to university social responsibility also had a positive impact. Factors that negatively affected perception of the quality of training were: excessive workload, the demanding evaluation system, shortcomings in the infrastructure and the tasks of social service, to the detriment of time dedicated to optimizing training. Regarding the incidence of the COVID 19 pandemic on the quality of training, perceptions were uneven within the case studies that took the postgraduate course during it, with negative elements and strikingly some positive elements. When weighing up the extent to which the positive and negative factors had a global impact on the perception of the quality of training, it was shown that, despite the recognition of the existence of several negative factors, the former prevailed over the latter. This makes the majority of current students and graduates express their satisfaction with the postgraduate course and graduates with their autonomous performance in meeting their expectations.


Most of the students, current and graduates of the Postgraduate specialization in Clinical Pediatrics of the FCM UNA, perceive that the training in it is of good to medium quality, with aspects to improve that are mentioned in the recommendations.

Palavras-chave : Quality; perception; training; students; graduates; postgraduate..

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