Strides in Development of Medical Education

Document Type : Original Article


1 Specialist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Dept., Oral and Dental Disease Research Center,School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

2 Dentist, Public Health Center, Bardsir, Iran

3 Dentist, Prosthetics Dept., School of Dentistry, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran


  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 (786%) declared that holding practical final exams and clinical evaluation in the form of OSCE increased their stress Only 348% gave a positive reply to the question concerning whether OSCE is a useful clinical evaluation method 202 percent agreed with continuing OSCE and 613% 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


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