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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 79-82

Views of undergraduate students on objective structured clinical examination in neurology: A preliminary report

King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia

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Hassan M Ismail
P.O. Box 40152, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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PMID: 23008655

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Objective: Obtain the undergraduate medical students' evaluation of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) formed by two stations in neurology. Methods: The fifth-year medical students taking the neurology course at King Faisal University during the first rotation of academic year 1420-1421H (2000-2001G) made the evaluation. The time for each station was seven minutes. After finishing the exami­­nation, each student completed a six-item questionnaire on coverage, question clarity, time, patients, educational usefulness and organization of the examination with yes, no or don't know responses. Results: A total of 48 students (30 males and 18 females) took the examination. The average time to complete the examination for a group of 16 students was 2 hours. The responses were positive for clarity of questions and organization of the examination 41(85%), and allotted time 36(75%). Thirty-two students (67%) found the structured exami­nation a useful educational experience. About half the students expressed their concern about the coverage of taught material and the number of patients seen in the examination as representative of those seen during the course, and 11 students (23%) requested more time. Conclusions: The students' response to the use of the structured clinical examination as an objective tool for evaluation of clinical skills in neurology was favorable and com­parable to reports from other parts of the world. Improvement is required in the number of patients, coverage and allotted time to optimize outcome by improving content vali­dity and reducing stress on participating patients.

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