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STUDENT'S PERCEPTION OF OBJECTIVE STRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATION (OSCE) IN SURGERY AT BASRAH COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Mazin A Abdulla

Basrah Journal of Surgery مجلة البصرة الجراحية
ISSN: 16833589 Year: 2012 Volume: 18 Issue: 2 Pages: 21-25
Publisher: Basrah University جامعة البصرة

Abstract

STUDENT'S PERCEPTION OF OBJECTIVESTRUCTURED CLINICAL EXAMINATION (OSCE) INSURGERY AT BASRAH COLLEGE OF MEDICINEMazin A AbdullaMB,ChB, CABS, Lecturer & Consultant Surgeon, Dept. of Surgery, Basrah College of Medicine, Basrah-IRAQ.AbstractThe assessment method of OSCE gains popularity in most medical schools globally. TheDepartment of Surgery in Basrah Medical College introduces this assessment format since2010. The main objective of this study is to evaluate student's perception about preference ofthis test and acceptability of standardized patients.A survey of successive batches of medical students (3 batches of six year and 4 batches offourth year), who had been examined with Objective Structured Clinical Examination, wasconducted using a self-administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed. The study wasconducted in the academic year 2011-2012.Two hundred and twenty one students completed the questionnaire, 100 students in the 6thyear and 121 students in the 4th year. Eighty nine (40.3%) of the all respondents reported thatOSCE was an easier examination than the traditional one and 106(48%) perceived that theduration of station was adequate. Moreover, 141(63.8%) preferred to have the traditionalexamination in addition to the OSCE. There was clear difference in opinion regarding the use ofstandardized patients (PSs) between 4th year students as 79(65.3%) dislike it while 58(58%) inthe 6th year students accept the use of such patients.In conclusion, the overall student's evaluation of OSCE was encouraging, as the majority ofparticipated students preferred this examination and at the same time they want to keep thetraditional one. The benefit of this survey can be gained if timely feedback is offered on theperformance of the candidates after applying the standards of OSCE.

Keywords

OSCE --- Examination