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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Evaluation of perception regarding feasibility of introducing objective structured practical examination (OSPE) in the department of anatomy

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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: Neha Rai,Shema K Nair*

Volume : 6

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 315

Article End Page : 320


Introduction: Despite a tremendous reformation in medical education during present time, the need
of an hour is to adopt certain new assessment methodologies along with classical practical examination
(CPE). Classical practical examination raises the concern about standardization, uniformity and examiner
variability. To overcome all these, OSPE was introduced which is a highly objective, reliable and valid
method of assessment.
Materials and Methods: The present study was aimed to assess student an d faculty perception regarding
the feasibility of OSPE implementation for first time in the practical examination of first professional
undergraduate students. The study was conducted on 135 medical students in the Department of anatomy
at LNMC & JK Hospital, Bhopal, India. OSPE was organized and conducted at the Department of Anatomy
with the help of trained faculties and organizing staff. Subject experts formed twelve OSPE stations after
a lot of brainstorming and input in terms of time, effort and teamwork. After validation of the questions,
a standard questionnaire was used to obtain students and faculty feedback on the perception of OSPE
Result: Majority of the students and faculty favored implementation of OSPE as a tool for formative
Conclusion: Based on both the students and faculty feedback, we concluded that no single method of
assessment is best. But OSPE should be used for formative assessment.

Keywords: Anatomy, OSPE, Assessment methods, Medical education.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijcap.2019.069