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

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
 Aristotle quotes


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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


 Examiner's training-a must

Praveen : Examiner's training is a very important part of OSCE/OSPE. Unless & until the examiners which are as such required in large no. in such settting are trained properly, their own variabilty & possibly ignorance of the procedure can create problems. So all examiner's training should be a compulsory part before we proceed for the implementation at our places. But there is a problem in it that all examiner's (faculties who are, or, going to be potential examiner's) are not interested in the training, which is where faculty development programme & MEU comes in picture. I hope that atleast we all are very familiar with the preparation & process part of OSCE/OSPE. If any one has any doubts it can be cleared in our discussion.

Anshu: So any tips or a format on how exactly you will train these examiners? Can you design a proper format and share it with us?

 I have one for how to train teachers to take viva. Would be nice to see this one as well.

 Praveen: OSCE/OSPE is an assessment tool, so it will be  a waste if our examiner are not trained in this, the very purpose of assessment will be lost. And to begin with as  we can have this in the formative one we can start training our internal examiners.

Barathi: Training our examiners is going to be a himalayan task.In certain subjects getting examiner itself is very difficult and training them?

 In the years to come we may see the sea change

Anshu: Both you and Praveen have not specified what you mean by training to be good teachers. I think the most important thing will be to train observers not to interfere! With our 'expertise' (!!) in taking viva, it is most difficult and boring to be a silent observer and tick boxes when you want to get up and correct the student/ reprimand him. Agree? Or disagree?

 What other things will you 'teach' or 'train' them in? And how? Any concrete ideas?

 Suman Singh: Yes, examiner's training is must before we try a very good assessment tool, but it will be basically a training of teachers under faculty development programme. Here is a site giving details of a workshop training examiner's for OSCE.

Anshu: I particularly liked the powerpoint in the resources section in the link that you sent. I am attaching it for the benefit of those who missed it.


 Anupama: To be a good teacher, we have to be a good student first.

So, we should be trained as if we are giving an OSPE. We can know the difficulties faced and thus try to improvise on them. We can also take feedback from students.




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