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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Objective structured practical examination: As an assessment tool in newly introduced competency based anatomy curriculum

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Author Details : Deepa Bhat*, Pushpalatha Murugesh, Pushpa N B

Volume : 7, Issue : 1, Year : 2020

Article Page : 81-86

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Competency Based Medical Education (CBME) Curriculum has been introduced in India with the intent to
move towards outcome based education. Competencies, specific learning objectives and preferred teaching
learning methods are provided by Medical Council of India. Assessment tools suitable to CBME have been
suggested to fulfil the essence of new curriculum. Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) is
one such valid, reliable and objective tool suggested in anatomy curriculum. OSPE was introduced to 200
students of new batch during routine formative assessment. The perception of faculty and students on the
process, OSPE were obtained through validated questionnaire based on 5 point Likert’s scale. Testing skills
with knowledge, objectivity and aligning with purpose of CBME were supportive features and need for
practice, teacher fatigue were disapproving factors for this new assessment tool. Perseverance and practice
would assist to develop OSPE as an ideal tool tailored to new curriculum. Hence OSPE is definitely a better
assessment tool that is well accepted by both faculty and students.

Keywords: Competency, OSPE, Stations, CBME, Anatomy, Curriculum, Assessment tool.

Doi : 10.18231/j.ijcap.2020.018

How to cite : Bhat D, Murugesh P, Pushpa N B, Objective structured practical examination: As an assessment tool in newly introduced competency based anatomy curriculum. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2020;7(1):81-86

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