What is Direct observation of procedural skills or DOPS?
Direct observation of procedural skills or DOPS is a structured assessment for students on their practical procedure competency as well as communication skills with the patient. This is part of a competency assessment required in an undergraduate training. It has been practised worldwide in medical schools and has proven to give a very good outcome. The assessors should be from trained health personnel that requires a standard way of understanding and assessment method. The assessor can be doctors or qualified nurses. Each procedural skill will take approximately 5 minutes, followed by 5 minutes of verbal feedback by the assessor. However, the time allocated depends on the length of the procedure to be carried out. The checklist prepared is based on the standard procedure that is being practised worldwide with an emphasis on patient safety and professionalism. DOPS assessment is included in the students’ log book.