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What is Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)?

Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) is a form of assessment that evaluates a learner’s competencies. Since it was first described by Harden & Gleeson in 1979, OSCE has become established as the gold standard for the assessment of a student’s clinical competence (Humphrey-Murto et al. 2013). Since then, OSCEs have been evaluated, changed and implemented to generate a well-planned assessment in a structured way, paying attention to the set outcomes.

Currently, IMU has 9 health professional programmes where 7 of these programmes use OSCE to evaluate and assess each student’s competencies. They conduct the OSCE for both formative and summative purposes. The OSCE is conducted in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Centre (CSSC). The 7 programmes are Medicine, Pharmacy, Chinese Medicine, Nursing including the Top up Degree Programme, Chiropractic and Dietetic with Nutrition Programmes.

In moving towards the digital standards, Online Assessment System (OAS) has been introduced as an assessment tool where it allows the examiners to evaluate the students’ performance as per the prepared checklist and also gives a platform for immediate online feedback.