Are first year medical students ready for OSCE?

Sim, Joong Hiong and Vijayananthan, Anushya and Abdul Aziz, Yang Faridah and Mansor, Azura and Ahmad Tajuddin, Nur Amani and Idris, Norisma and Jaafar, Zulkarnain and Omar, Asma (2018) Are first year medical students ready for OSCE? International Medical Journal, 25 (6). pp. 402-406. ISSN 1341-2051,

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Objective: This study aimed to assess First Year medical students' readiness for OSCE. Design: This is a retrospective study where secondary data comprising both quantitative and qualitative data, were analysed. Materials and Methods: Three cohorts of First Year medical students (n = 454) took a 5-station OSCE. Two categories of tasks were assessed. Category A assessed patient and doctor interaction while Category B assessed clinical skills. A student must be scored as satisfactory in at least four out of five stations for a pass in Category A and at least three out of five stations for a pass in Category B. A pass in both Categories A and B is required to pass the OSCE. For each cohort, overall passing percentage, as well as passing percentage for Category A and Category B of each station, was computed. Examiners' feedback on students' performance during OSCE for each station was examined. Feedback from students regarding the OSCE was also sought. Results: For Cohort 2013, Cohort 2014 and Cohort 2015, 174/179 (97.21%), 118/129 (91.47%) and 140/147 (95.24%) of students passed the OSCE respectively. Cohort 2013, Cohort 2014 and Cohort 2015 recorded mean percent pass of (95.31%, 88.83%), (89.15%, 83.10%) and (98.36%, 84.52%) for Category A and Category B respectively. Examiners' feedback was generally favourable. Feedback from students was mixed but constructive and generally encouraging. Conclusions: Based on students' performance in the OSCE as well as feedback from both examiners and students, First Year medical students appeared to be ready for OSCE assessment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feedback; First year medical students; OSCE; Performance; Readiness
Subjects: R Medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2019 02:18
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2019 02:18

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