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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 80  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 134--136

Validation of a computer based objective structured clinical examination in the assessment of undergraduate dermatology courses

1 Department of Dermatology, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Family and Community Medicine, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Ophthalmology, King Faisal University, Hofuf, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Feroze Kaliyadan
Department of Dermatology, College of Medicine, King Faisal University
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.129386

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Many teaching centers have now adopted objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) as an assessment method for undergraduate dermatology courses. A modification of the standard OSCE in dermatology is computer based or electronic OSCE (eOSCE). We attempted to validate the use of a computer-based OSCE in dermatology in a group of fifth year medical students. The scores of the students in the computer-based OSCE showed a strong positive correlation with the scores on the clinical presentation (Pearson's co-efficient - 0.923, P value <0.000, significant at the 0.01 level) and a good correlation with overall scores of the student (Pearson's co-efficient - 0.728, P value <0.000, significant at the 0.01 level), indicating that this is a reliable method for assessment in dermatology. Generally, the students' feedback regarding the methods was positive.


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