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

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

 Drop box method of OSCE/OSPE

Praveen: There are two main types of station in OSCE/OSPE; one is Observer/procedural station where skill is examined and other Question station where contextual questions which can't be asked properly in theory exams are asked.

Now in separate answer sheet method student will go at each station follow the instruction either in the form of performing a skill for procedural station or answer contextual questions and drop the answerheet at that same station itself after writing Roll no & other basic formalities (for each station they will do this separately), this is a drop-box method.

While in common answer sheet method student will go at all the stations &  either perform a skill or answer questions but will keep them in  common answer sheet with himself only for the whole exam and submit at the end of the whole exam. Here they will write Roll no & other basic formalities only once.

In any case Check list can be a common  as Sir also suggested which will be with & for the examiner. Answer sheet is with the examinee.

Bhatti :You mean the students carry the answer sheet with them from one station to the other.

How do the examiners rate the students? Normally the examiners keep assessing the students as they proceed. Do the examiners have another sheet to record the performance?

Anupama: Drop box method is better in my opinion. If we have advanced facility like PC/ laptop at every station, we could even do this examination electronically. We could save time in counting and also stationary. Every student can be given a password before commencing.

Praveen :There is a small confusion regarding how to collect the answer-sheets in OSCE/OSPE from students.

There are two methods;

1) Prevalent in UK and at few places in India, there is a drop-box at all the stations in the OSCE/OSPE. Students will reach a station, take up the given blank answer sheet, write his roll no, answer & then put it in the dropbox provided at that sation itself only. If there are ten OSPE stations there will be ten drop boxes and students will fill up blank answer-sheets ten times.
2) Prevalent at AIIMS and other places, there is a common blank answer-sheet which student will fill commonly for all the answers & will submit only at the end of the OSCE/OSPE.
Which one is better? Can we discuss in the house.

One probable advantage of drop box method at each station is that question station related to some clinical scenario of previous station can be asked in which we don't want the student to see the case again & answer related questions. We can know the observation power of the students.
Common answer sheet method has the advantage of writing roll no. & other formal entries only once so that less chances of student induced error.

Bhatti  :Thanks for clarification I was not aware of using a single sheet by students to answer different stations.

Dr Tejinder Singh: You are right Praveen. Somehow, we seem to think that putting a computer solves all problems- however, please remember that IT is only a delivery method. What still matters is the content. A lousy OSCE will not become any better by using computers and laptops.

Moral-  Think of improving the intrinsic value of stations, rather than camouflaging them.


Praveen:Thank you Sir for your comments & suggestions.

What is emerging is that at least for the formative part we can have a common blank answer sheet and in Summative exams we can have a separate blank answer sheet drop box methods.
Sir, probably those who are new to this method or those who are yet to start this method can go initially with a common blank answer sheet.

Anupama, you are right that technology (I.T.) can make our work easy but again first we should establish this pattern with our existing man-power as managing OSCE/OSPE requires very-very careful & meticulous planning. Small mistake can also make great confusion making the whole exercise futile as we don't have the candidate available again to rectify.

Dr Tejinder Singh :Each has its pluses and minuses.

Drop boxes make it easy for the student to write the answer at the correct place. One very common confusion that we faced in early stages at CMC was the students writing the answer at wrong question number. Drop boxes also prevent them from altering the answer later on as you suggested. However, that decision depends on what type of exam it is. If it is a feedback/formative setting, I do not mind them revising the answer. In fact, we allow the students- and encourage them- to use extra time at some stations to revise their other answers. However, in a summative or selection examination, it may not be appropriate.
The checklists for all students for a particular station, however, should be on one sheet only. This allows compilation of feedback much quickly. At a glance, you can tell that most students are not warming their hands- so at the debrief session or in later teaching, you can stress on this point.





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

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