Perceptions of Undergraduate Medical Students regarding Objective Structured Practical Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination as an Assessment Method
Introduction: At present student’s assessment in MBBS course is mainly based on Traditional Practical Examination. The studies have shown that it can have certain disadvantages which can be overcome by adopting Objective Structured Practical Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
Objective: To evaluate the perception of MBBS students towards Objective Structured Practical Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examinationas an assessment method.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted amongst MBBS students from all academic years of Poonch Medical College, Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir, Pakistan from June to August 2018. A self-administered questionnaire containing 13 items was used for the data collection.
Results: 267 students from all academic years participated in this survey. Majority of the students believed that OSPE/OSCE can remove inter-examiner variations. Maximum students agreeing with the statement that “OSPE is better than conventional examination”, were from the third year (63.93%) followed by 4th year (60.0%). Highest number of students who agreed that “OSPE/OSCE should replace viva-voce”, was from 4th year. Overall, 73.12% MBBS students, inclusive of all academic years, agreed that the OSPE should be preferred method of assessment in every subject.
Conclusion: The present study has shown good acceptability of Objective Structured Practical Examination and Objective Structured Clinical Examinationby the students with majority of them considering it better than conventional method.