Author: Olasoji, H.O. Publication Year: 2013
Summary: This article critically analyses the appropriateness of OSCE as a method of assessment in such a high stake examination in a resource-limited environment as Nigeria.
Description: In response to recommendation to improve the fairness and validity of its fellowship examinations through the adoption of proven methods, the Faculty of Dental Surgery of the National Postgraduate Medical of Nigeria in 2010 replaced the long case format with the objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) as the method of assessment at the part 1 stage of the program. This article critically analyses the appropriateness of OSCE as a method of assessment in such a high stake examination in a resource-limited environment as Nigeria. Decades after the introduction of OSCE, questions are been asked about life after OSCE, and those of us from resource-limited environment, may eventually realize that despite obvious strengths of this format of assessment, it may not be the only ‘best’ option after all. OSCE may therefore be used alongside the traditional long case at the part 1 fellowship examination in Nigeria not ‘instead of it’ for now.
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