The Objective Structured Clinical Examination

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The objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) is an effective assessment of clinical performance that can eliminate patient and assessor variation because all students are tested through a series of test-stations which have the same clinical problems or conditions, the same restricted time, the same checklists and the same examiners in OSCE (Brown et al., 1999). Noticeably, OSCE has been adopted by several health care professionals to evaluate clinical competencies of students (Manogue & Brown, 1998). Interestingly, OSCE can be applied for dental curriculum in oral diagnosis and treatment planning course. Therefore, the purposes of this assignment are divided into three parts. Firstly, OSCE will be created in oral diagnosis and…show more content…
Fundamentally, clinical process in oral diagnosis and treatment planning are history taking, extra-oral examination, intra-oral examination, lab investigation, radiographic and other data interpretation, diagnosis and treatment planning so the tasks and questions in the OSCE are designed by following the learning objectives and clinical process. There are a rotation of twelve stations which include two rest stations in oral diagnostic clinic and each station has five minutes tasks. Each OSCE station consists of a clinical description and instruction for examinees to complete specified tasks in the time allocated and most stations have examiners who are the role to observe examiners’ performance and complete marks from checklists. However, all questions and tasks in OSCE should be examined validity and reliability before testing dental students (Turner & Dankoski, 2008). The table shows the lists of twelve stations, main competency and task Station Subject Main competency Task 1 Dental history taking Clinical and communication skills Practical 2 Medical history taking Clinical and communication skills Practical 3 Extra-oral examination Clinical and procedural skills Practical 4 Oral soft tissue examination Clinical and procedural skills Practical 5 Detecting dental caries Clinical and technical skills Practical 6 The use of Electric pulp test (EPT) Clinical and technical skills Practical 7 Radiographic examination and
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