University Students’ Point of View about Clinical Evaluation Using Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Kerman School of Dentistry


Javad Faryabi 1 , * , Maryam Farzad 1 , Neda Sinaee 1

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How to Cite: Faryabi J , Farzad M , Sinaee N . University Students’ Point of View about Clinical Evaluation Using Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), Kerman School of Dentistry, Strides Dev Med Educ. 2010 ; 6(1):e58840.


Strides in Development of Medical Education: 6 (1); e58840
Published Online: July 15, 2009
Article Type: Research Article
Received: July 26, 2017
Accepted: March 10, 2009




Background & Objective: Clinical evaluation of medical students using OSCE has been introduced
as an efficient way. Nowadays, this method is applied in some departments of Kerman School of
Dentistry for clinical evaluation. This research was conducted to assess the university students’ point
of view about clinical evaluation using OSCE in Kerman University of Medical Sciences to inform
educational authorities about present problems together with evaluating students’ opinions.
Methods: In this cross sectional study, 89 dentistry students answered a questionnaire including 12
multiple choice questions and two open ended questions. The validity and reliability of the
questionnaire were already confirmed.
Results: According to the results of this study, most of the students (78.6%) declared that holding
practical final exams and clinical evaluation in the form of OSCE increased their stress. Only 34.8%
gave a positive reply to the question concerning whether OSCE is a useful clinical evaluation
method. 20.2 percent agreed with continuing OSCE and 61.3% were against it.
Conclusion: An increase in students’ stress could affect their disagreement with evaluation using
OSCE. Unlike students’ negative approach towards efficacy of holding OSCE and considering its
global satisfactory results, useful steps should be taken to improve OSCE and attract students’
satisfaction, after solving pitfalls and making improvements. Further studies are suggested to assess
the efficacy of these actions.


Clinical evaluation Dentistry student OSCE Point of view

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