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"He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask a question remains a fool forever."

- - - Chinese Proverb  


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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


For any teaching learning process the most important aspect is evaluation which can put a stamp of approval or disapproval on the whole process. Evaluation tools help to identify areas of weakness or strength. They are very important in our efforts to correct or develop a particular aspect of learning so as to become a competent doctor or a professional.
We try to evaluate our students by a number of ways and the most commonly used ones include written examination for assessment of knowledge part and practical for the skill components. Usually a mixture of tests is used to make the evaluation as fair as possible.

What constitutes an ideal evaluation method is a question that still remains unanswered. We define an ideal test that is reliable, valid and feasible.

It is a well accepted fact that practical examination conducted in a conventional manner is far from fitting in the definition of an ideal test.  It suffers from many limitations. The most important limitation being faced is that of subjectivity on the part of examiner along with the inability to elaborate on the components that have been evaluated as the whole process of conducting examination is unstructured. Assessments drive learning but when assessment methods adopted needs to be assessed, all efforts of teaching and learning go futile. And thus a need was felt to modify our methods of evaluation and in that effort OSCE/OSPE was born.




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