Observation of education team towards objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in the faculty of medicine, national Ribat University, Sudan

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Objective Structured Clinical Examination is an evaluation method that based on goal testing and direct observation of student performance during planned clinical examination. The OSCE was intended to overcome the shortage in the traditional methods of assessments. It focuses on the standardization of scoring, structure and blueprinting of the exam; this descriptive cross-sectional study, that aims to evaluates OSCE as a clinical examination tool from teaching staff point of view faculty of medicine, National Ribat University. The sample of the study integrated all teaching staff from the clinical departments (pediatrics, obstetrics, surgery and medicine) throughout the period 2014-2016 The total number of academic staff in these departments was 61; all of them were included in the study. A specially designed questionnaire was used to collect data from the staff. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) was used for data analysis. The results of the study were presented. The majority of Academic staff (Ninety two percent) preferred OSCE as a tool of assessment, OSCE is helpful as an assessment tool as (76.7%) of them answered and its relevant to the educational value as (68.9%) and it meets the objectives of the courses according to the opinion of (73.8%) of them. with good coverage to the different tasks and content of the course by (76.7%) of them. In addition, 86.9% of them commented on students’ performance in OSCE that it was good and78.7% of them evaluated students’ achievement in OSCE compared to conventional as good. OSCE is repetitive for the examiner and they felt restricted in OSCE as examiners as (62%) of them answered. We conclude that OSCE was seen as a positive and a useful practical experience by most of the teaching staff faculty of medicine National Ribat University. And we recommend more training for teaching staff in OSCE implementation