Dissussion Summary

Competencies-OSCE $ OSPE

The real power of this type of examination lies in the ability of those responsible for teaching and testing to examine their trainees with imagination and forethought, in a reliable way, in areas seldom or never tested before”

- Hart, 2001.


Homepage - OSCE and OSPE

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


Competencies that can be tested

OSCE/ OSPE can be used to assess a large variety of competencies including knowledge as well as skills in the medical as well as other related fields. Some of the examples include-

  • Clinical competencies including history taking, physical examination as well as interpretation of laboratory data.
  • Procedural skills including handling of instruments.
  • Communication skills including attitude
  • Ethics


·         Three most important attributes of OSCE/OSPE are it reliability, validity and feasibility.




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