Korean J Med Educ.  2007 Dec;19(4):343-347.

Students' Opinions on the Experience of Objective Structured Clinical Examination at Pusan National University School of Medicine

Affiliations
  • 1Medical Education Unit, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. jeonghj@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2BK21 Medical Science Education Center, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to report the opinions of the students on the OSCE and how to improve this exam.
METHODS
135 students at Pusan National University School of Medicine were asked to perform the OSCE. Data were collected through a questionnaire (Cronbach's alpha = .965). Analysis was done using SPSS statistics program.
RESULTS
In summary, the students thought the content of the OSCE was all very important but practically, it was difficult to perform due to a lack of practice. Through this exam, thestudents said that they realized their insufficiencies, and they felt more motivated to learn. The BLS station scored very high in the 'validity of contents', 'validity of difficulty', 'validity of time limit', and 'fostering learning motivation'. The opinions of the students on the areas requiring improvement were: the control of information exchange among them, the connection with training, the establishment of a permanent training space, and increasing exposure to the exam.
CONCLUSION
The OSCE, now more than ever, definitely has an educating role in preparing physicians for clinical practice.

Keyword

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
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