INTRODUCTION OF OBJECTIVELY STRUCTURED PRACTICAL EXAMINATION (OSPE) IN PATHOLOGY: A PILOT STUDY.

Dr. Keyuri Patel, Dr. Mustafa Fakaruddin Ranapurwala

Abstract


BACKGROUND: Objectively structured practical examination (OSPE) helps bring in a level of objectivity with an opportunity to be tested for
psychomotor skills and comprehension also.
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: The present study was undertaken to introduce, implement and to evaluate the feasibility of using OSPE as a tool for
the formative assessment.
METHODOLOGY: OSPE was introduced as a tool of formative assessment of second year MBBS students in the subject of Pathology in our
department and feedback was taken.
RESULTS: The students favoured OSPE over the conventional mode of assessment for having a better evaluation process and being reliable and
valid with minimal bias. However, issues pertaining to the time for observed stations, need for viva voce and faculty involvement need to be
addressed.
CONCLUSIONS: OSPE can be effectively integrated with the conventional mode of assessment to bring a level of objectivity and structure to the
conventional mode of assessment.


Keywords


assessment, objective, standardized, structured, formative

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