03.   How to set up OSCE and OSPE stations..

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Compiled Responses

 The Beginning

 01.   Introduction and Basics of OSPE/OSCE

 02.   Is OSPE glorified spotting.. 

  03.   How to set up OSCE and OSPE stations..

 04.   How to collect the answer-sheets in OSCE/OSPE from students.

 05.   OSCE reliability

 06.   Levels of competencies in evaluation

 07.   Practical experiences of OSPE/OSCE

 08.   OSCE in testing Communication and attitudes

  09   Should knowledge be accessed in OSCE/OSPE

 10.   Simulated patients

 11. Examiner training...a must to do...

12.   Standard setting in OSCE

 13.   Disadvantages of OSCE


How to set up OSCE/OSPE stations?

Suman Singh  :
We all need to understand difference between spotting and OSPE.
For this I think as you have rightly mentioned we need to prepare stations and get our self critically evaluated. Question stations will clear our confusion between spotting and OSPE so to begin with I am attaching a simple presentation that very clearly enumerates the steps to be taken for station preparation.


Anurag Chaudhary: Thank u very much for providing such valuable information on preparing OSPE stations. It will help a lot in preparation of task later on.

Anshu: As Dr Tejinder Singh Sir said, other than advantages and limitations, I would like to learn about how to set up an OSCE. How tough is setting up OSCE stations? Can it be done in our routine wards or practical halls or do we need a special set up if we want to introduce OSCE/ OSPE?

Sajjad: OSCE/OSPE Methodology
The OSCE examination consists of about 15-20 stations each of which requires about 4-5 minutes of time. All stations should be capable of being completed in the same time. The students are rotated through all stations and have to move to the next station at the signal. Since the stations are generally independent students can start at any of the procedure stations and complete the cycle. Thus, using 15 stations of 4 minutes each, 15 students can complete the examination within 1 hour.
Each station is designed to test a component of clinical competence. At some stations called the procedure stations students are given tasks to perform on patients. At all such stations there are observers with agreed check lists to score the student's performance. At other stations called "response stations", students respond to questions of the objective type or interpret data or record their findings of the previous procedure station.

 Praveen: You are very right in mentioning the definition & some basic methodology.
I will like to add one thing at this stage that is, it has two components-OSCE & OSPE, so not only the clinical component but also the practical skills wherever applicable (more so for the basic sciences) can be assessed.
That is why it is also collectively called as Objective structured Performance Examination which tests both Clinical and other practical acumen.

Anshu: I found a few links, more useful perhaps for students preparing for an OSCE exam. But maybe we ought to take a look too.

Rita : These are very good links for both students and teachers.

Praveen :Very good sites sent by you!




Discussion Summary


Origin and evolution of OSCE

What is OSCE OSPE..

Important terminologies OSCE and OSPE

Process - OSCE and OSPE


Advantages OSCE and OSPE

Limitation OSCE and OSPE

The final words